To see Japan's abilities in Cycle games objectively, although we won medals in two consecutive Olympics which are held every four years ― a Bronze medal in "Keirin"at the recent Beijing Olympics, and a Silver medal in "Team Sprint" at the preceding Athens Olympics ― both in"Keirin", a world sport originating in Japan and "Sprint" for which Mr. Koichi Nakano won ten consecutive titles(1977-1986) at the World Cycling Championships ("World Championships"), there is a wide gap between Japan and the rest of the world.
There are various possible reasons for this, but one important factor is that after 1996, the mainstream of tracks for World Championships became indoor wooden 250m cycle-race track.
It is no coincidence that since 1993, when Toshimasa Yoshioka won a Bronze medal in Keirin, Japan has produced no medalists at World Championships.
Most of cycling tracks in Japan are made for Keirin and they come in three perimeter lengths: 400m(major), 333.3ｍ, and 500ｍ with asphalt surface, and current world standard, indoor wooden 250m cycle-race tracks do not exist in Japan.
Therefore, Japanese players are competing in a situation where they cannot practice or train in the same environment as the real games unless touring overseas.
Not only is this an obvious disadvantage compared to other countries, but also as long as this situation continues, it is difficult to expect the improvement of Japan's competitive abilities.
That is why we decided to launch this construction project of Japan's first indoor wooden 250m cycle-race track " Izu Velodrome" in "Izu", the center of cycle sports in Japan, inside the Cycle Sports Center, which has contributed to the development of Japan's cycle sports since its opening in 1971.
After its completion in October, 2011(projected), this facility will be used for the purposes of promoting bicycles and cycle sports and developing players, and actively hold international and domestic cycle events such as World Championships.