The most troubled venue for the Rio de Janeiro Olympics the indoor cycling velodrome is almost ready to go with the games opening in just under six weeks.
Rio organizers took possession of the venue on Sunday with about 30 mostly Brazilian cyclists spinning around the banked track during a practice session.
This is the last permanent venue at the Olympic Park being handed over to organizers. Repeated delays and contract disputes forced two test cycling events to be canceled. The first real racing on the track takes place after the Olympics open Aug. 5.
Gilles Peruzzi, a technical delegate with cycling’s ruling body, says the absence of a test event “is certainly not ideal, but given the circumstances we’re very happy to have some practice this weekend.”