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There are 10 gold medals up for grabs in the velodrome (5 for men, 5 for women).
The track cycling events are spread out over six days of competition.
The velodrome can seat 6,000 people.
250 meters (802 feet) of track was installed over a period of eight weeks by 26 specialist carpenters.
56 kilometers (35 miles) of surface timber was used on the track, fixed with 300,000 nails.
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