Tissot Velodrome

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Tissot Velodrome
Exterior view of the Tissot Velodrome with its old name (2014)
Exterior view of the Tissot Velodrome with its old name (2014)
Earlier names

Velodrome Suisse (2013-2016)

place Neumattstrasse 25 2540 Grenchen , Canton Solothurn , Switzerland
Coordinates 597 457  /  226 071 coordinates: 47 ° 11 '8.1 "  N , 7 ° 24' 18.3"  O ; CH1903:  five hundred and ninety-seven thousand four hundred fifty-seven  /  two hundred and twenty-six thousand and seventy-one
owner Velodrome Suisse Foundation
operator Velodrome Suisse AG
start of building April 2012
opening June 23, 2013
surface Siberian spruce (railway)
costs 17.5 million CHF
architect juve Architekten und Ingenieure AG (building), project management Beat Zbinden Consulting GmbH
Walter von Lütcken (railway)
capacity 1,900 seats
Capacity (internat.) 3'500 places
playing area 250 m (cycling track)
Inside view before the start of the UEC European Rail Championships 2015

The Tissot Velodrome , until December 2016 Velodrome Suisse , is a multi-purpose hall with a cycling track in the Swiss municipality of Grenchen in the canton of Solothurn .


The hall covers an area of ​​8,000 square meters. The cycling track itself is 250 meters long, made of Siberian spruce and was laid out in accordance with the UCI standard. The curves have a maximum elevation of 46 degrees, the track is seven meters wide. The building is primarily used as a training facility for young track cycling enthusiasts and as a training center for Swiss cycling, and is also available to amateur cyclists . In addition to training, competitions are also held. The interior corresponds to a triple sports play area, which can also be used for other sports, trade fairs, concerts and other events from the sports, cultural and economic sectors. The grandstands can accommodate 1,900 spectators. In addition, the Velodrome Suisse houses a fitness room, a performance center with a doctor and physiotherapy practice, the BMC Concept Store, restaurant and catering as well as 30 hotel beds. The Swiss cycling association Swiss Cycling also uses part of the office space as its headquarters. The Velodrome is located between two stadiums for football and athletics , directly opposite the company headquarters of the initiator and the Swiss entrepreneur Andy Rihs , former owner of the bike brand BMC, who died on April 18, 2018 .

The CHF 17.5 million construction project was financed by both public and private sources (donors). The Velodrome Suisse is the second modern indoor cycling track in Switzerland , alongside the World Cycling Center of the World Cycling Association Union Cycliste Internationale in Aigle . The hall was built according to the Minergie standard and built by a foundation set up especially for this purpose, chaired by Rihs and who committed himself with two million francs. On June 23, 2013, the Velodrome was officially opened with an "Open House".

The hall has been called Tissot Velodrome since January 1, 2017 .

Sporting events

In 2013 the second stage of the Tour de Romandie ended at the Velodrome Suisse. On September 18, 2014, Jens Voigt set a new hour record at the Velodrome Suisse with 51.115 km . On February 8, 2015, the Australian Rohan Dennis improved the hour record set by Matthias Brändle to a new mark of 52.491 kilometers.

The European Rail Championships took place here from October 14th to 18th, 2015 . The Russian Anastassija Woinowa set a new world record in the 500-meter time trial with 32.794 seconds. In 2017 Christoph Strasser improved the 24-hour track world record to 941.873 km.

On January 14, 2019, the Swiss championships in two-man team driving and team pursuit were to be held in the Velodrome . While warming up the athletes, a helper was hit by a group of drivers and seriously injured. A few days later he succumbed to his injuries.

Web links

Commons : Tissot Velodrome  - collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Groundbreaking ceremony for the Velodrome Suisse. Tour Magazine, March 16, 2012, accessed May 2, 2012 .
  2. ^ Sue Lüthi: Velodrome for Grenchen. (No longer available online.) Hochparterre.ch, December 2, 2011, archived from the original on September 7, 2012 ; Retrieved May 2, 2012 . Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot / www.hochparterre.ch
  3. Open day at .velodromesuisse.ch ( Memento from 23 September 2015 in the Internet Archive )
  4. Andreas Toggweiler: The Velodrome Suisse becomes the Tissot Velodrome. Grenchner Tagblatt, December 15, 2016, accessed on December 15, 2016 .
  5. Tour de Romandie begins with a mountain time trial. 20min.ch, April 29, 2012, accessed on May 3, 2012 .
  6. Jens Voigt sets a new hourly world record. radsport-news.com, September 18, 2014, accessed September 18, 2014 .
  7. Dennis achieves a new world hour record. radsport-news.com, February 8, 2015, accessed February 8, 2015 .
  8. Eilers wins silver in the time trial, Hoogland his second gold. radsport-news.com, October 17, 2015, accessed October 18, 2015 .
  9. Cyclist Strasser breaks the 24-hour world record. In: rad-net.de. October 15, 2017. Retrieved October 15, 2017 .
  10. Accident with tragic consequences. Swiss Cycling, September 20, 2019, accessed on September 21, 2019 .