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Published July 17th 2016
An Iconic Cycling Spot in Melbourne
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Packer Park, Leila Road, Carnegie, Melbourne VIC 3163


As a city and a country, Melbourne and wider Australia has some wonderful cycling spots. It may well take a lifetime to visit them all, but certainly were one to try starting at Packer Park is a wise idea.

Tucked away in suburban Carnegie in South-East Melbourne, this velodrome is also a solid spot for a pacey cyclist to access one of those rarely used gears and really go for some speed free of traffic lights and cars that otherwise need factor into a daily ride.

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The Velodrome with cyclists in action.


At the outset though, undoubtedly a chief draw of Packer Pack is the history is holds. Originally used as a training ground for cyclists in the 1956 Melbourne Olympics,as well as for athletes heading to the 1960 in Rome, and 1964 games in Tokyo respectively. While Melbourne as a city has changed immensely since Australia's first Olympics Games - and there remain so many other great attractions around the city and suburbs - so too is the opportunity for a young cyclist to ride in the shadows of the giants a treat not to be missed.

Best of all, despite its history the velodrome remains in pristine condition, having been recently repaved.

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To non-cyclists this may just look like a patch of foam, but for cyclists this is a beautiful sight.


Accordingly, it is not only an ideal but state of the art place to get on your bike and go for a burn at high speed. This is especially so as the Park is located off a main road in a side street - so though riding here is easy via a number of dedicated bike lanes nearby - once you arrive you can by and large focus on the the spin of your wheels and the sound of your pedals without other distraction.

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A wider view of the Velodrome's surrounds.


With this, a note: while the Velodrome is completely free is open for public use, a number of clubs do regularly use it as well. Oftentimes, if just a regular training session it is no issue for other cyclists to hop on, but be prepared to sit for a few minutes if a competitive heat or real intense training session is on. This said, Packer Park also boasts many other drawcards within it.

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The wide variety of offerings at the Park.


So even if waiting for a few minutes for your turn on the oval track you're unlikely to mind too much given the great surrounds.


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Packer Park's football oval and playground.


All up, whether a cyclist or otherwise - okay especially if you're a cyclist - Packer Park truly ranks as a must-visit spot in Melbourne.
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Why? An Iconic Cycling Spot in Melbourne
When: Daylight hours
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Where: Packer Park, Leila Road, Carnegie
Cost: Free
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