London 2012; Music video: Chemical Brothers ‘Velodrome’ (by Crystal CG)

Chemical Brothers 'Velodrome' – London 2012 from Crystal CG on Vimeo.


Crystal has created a three minute animated sequence for the song’s promotional video to match its heart-pounding rhythms. Played in the Velodrome before every session the video shows the Velodrome as never before, literally pulsating with excitement.

“We’ve created sweeping contours and sleek surfaces as the backdrop for an intense, futuristic cycling ‘duel’ as two animated riders power round the track,” said Darren Groucutt, creative director at Crystal. “It truly brings the Velodrome to life.”

James O’Brien, LOCOG Head of Sports Presentation, said: ‘Inspiring people to engage with sport has always been central to our vision and we want to ensure the way we present sport adds to the experience of the spectators in the venues and builds the atmosphere. This will be a special summer and we are grateful to everyone who has given their time and expertise over the past years.’

Rio 2016; Olympic velodrome hit by fire for second time this year

Rio 2016 Olympic Velodrome
Photo: Martijn Giebels / Architecture of the Games

This Sunday, the Rio 2016 Velodrome in Barra Olympic Park was damaged by a fire for the second time in 4 months.

You can read more here: The Associated Press


Tokyo 2020; Izu Velodrome

Izu Velodrome – Photo courtesy of Tokyo 2020


Facts & Figures

  • Competition zone: Outside Tokyo
  • Architect: Gensler Architects, Schürmann
  • Year completed: 2011
  • Type: Existing
  • Capacity: 3,600
  • Olympic sports: Cycling (track)
  • Paralympic sports: Cycling (track)
  • Legacy: National Training Centre
  • Other facts: 250m track, Cedar wood





Izu Velodrome – Photo courtesy of Tokyo 2020




This post will be regularly updated in the run-up to the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. View an overview of all venues here.

Rio 2016; Olympic Velodrome

Photo: Martijn Giebels / Architecture of the Games
Photo: Martijn Giebels / Architecture of the Games



  • Architect; Blac Arquitetura
  • Year completed; 2016
  • Type; New and permanent. The 2007 Pan American Velodrome was not approved by the ICU.
  • Capacity; 5.000 seats
  • Olympic Sports; Track Cycling
  • Paralympic Sports; Para-cycling Track
  • Legacy; Part of the Olympic Training Centre