The Waikato community is split over whether Waikato Regional Council should help fund the National Cycling Centre of Excellence.
The trust that wants to build the centre, which will include a velodrome near Cambridge, needs $6 million from the regional council.
It is estimated that the centre will cost nearly $30 million, of which it has guaranteed funding of $7 million from the Government.
The council called for public submissions on whether ratepayers should contribute, and says the 7000 responses showed a 60% to 40% split against.
A council-commissioned telephone survey found that 48% were against and 44% in favour.
Public hearings will be held next week, before councillors make a final decision on 14 September.