There was a second world title and world record for the outstanding Megan Giglia as the Great Britain Cycling Team enjoyed another excellent day at the 2016 UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships in Italy.

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Giglia added to her world title in the C3 individual pursuit with a stunning display in today’s 500 metre time-trial. The second rider off, she set an unbeatable time of 41.761 which was too much for Denise Schindler who finished in second place with a time of 43.159.

Giglia was delighted to win another world title and pleased with a second world record at this week’s championships.

Giglia later finished sixth in her final event, the scratch race.

In the day’s other racing th...

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Great Britain Cycling Team set for Apprentice world cup in Derby

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Over 50 Great Britain Cycling Team Apprentices will take part in an Apprentice world cup at the Derby Velodrome from 19-20 March.

The two days of coach-led racing offers the sprint and endurance riders a rare experience of the pressures of a competition scenario but with a focus on development.

The Apprentices involved are part of British Cycling’s Rider Route, which helps the most promising riders become the stars of world and Olympic cycling.

Aged from 14-15, the riders will be split into teams and ride over two days in a format similar to a UCI Track Cycling World Cup event. The event gives Apprentices an opportunity to ride in events that are not frequently available in the regular youth season, such as the team pursuit and team sprint.

A key aspect of the event is the feedback and r...

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Plan to make Derbyshire the cycling capital of the UK unveiled at Derby’s velodrome

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A 15-YEAR plan to make Derbyshire the cycling centre of the country has been launched at Derby Arena.

Health, fitness, transport and tourism have all been considered for the programme, which will transform services in the county between now and 2030.

The document has been drawn up by the county’s authorities and cycling organisations and was unveiled at an event at Derby Arena inside the velodrome.

Paracyclist Katie Toft was at the event and said she was impressed by the strategy.

Miss Toft, 22, of High Peak, suffers from cerebral palsy and was inspired to start cycling after watching Sir Bradley Wiggins in the Tour de France and Olympics in 2012.

“For me, it started as a way of getting from home to the shops,” she said. “I struggled with my walking and this made it easier...

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Sir Bradley Wiggins says Derby Arena is “world-class” track

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SIR Bradley Wiggins has praised the Derby Arena as a “world class” track that could be the setting for a new world record attempt in the future.

The three-time Olympic gold medallist and seven-time World Champion took to the boards this weekend for the first professional race at the new Pride Park facility.

Beginning on Friday night Wiggins, along with Owain Doull, Steven Burke, Ed Clancy, managed a near World Record pace in the 4km Team Pursuit race.

The quartet crossed the line in 3.54.974 – just three seconds off the World Record.

It was the speed of the track that led Wiggins, who is the current Hour Record holder, to say he could see more record attempts on the track – including one of his own.

He said: “It’s ...

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Derby Velodrome to host Revolution Series opening round

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The newly opened Derby Arena will host the first round of the 2015/16 Revolution Series, with a host of Olympic medallists set to compete.

The velodrome, which cost £28m to build and can seat 1,500 spectators, opened in March and will hosts its first major track event between August 14-16 when the Revolution Series comes to town.

For Team GB’s track stars the meet will be an chance to gain all-important UCI track points on the road to the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

Riders require 90 UCI points by September 15 to qualify to ride in the UCI Track World Cup series this winter, through which they can obtain Olympic qualification points.

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Derby Arena: Special events planned for opening

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Derby Arena from outside

Derby City Council said the arena would help put Derby on the map

Derby Arena is to hold a series of special events after it opens to the public in March, council bosses said.

The £28m venue, built to host high-level cycling events, as well as other sports, including basketball, will officially open on 20 March.

The 5,000-seat arena will also double as a concert venue and feature a 12-court sports hall.

A council spokeswoman said a 30-day showcase would “unwrap” the arena to the public.

Councillor Alison Martin, cabinet member for leisure and culture, said: “We’re offering a brilliant opportunity to see the arena in all its glory, try first-hand what it has to offer.”

Demonstrations of the facilities will take place during the 30-day period.

The arena, which was originally due to open in...

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Delayed Derby Arena velodrome opens for business

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Margaret Beckett said the facility will benefit the city

A multimillion-pound velodrome has opened its doors to the public three months later than originally planned.

Work on the 5,000-seat Derby Arena – one of only five such venues in the UK – began in April 2013.

It boasts a 250m cycle track, 12-court sports hall, a gym, group exercise space and a cafe.

The arena was due to open in December, but Derby City Council put the delays on the “complex project” down to “getting things right”.

As well as cycling, the £31m venue will host sports including basketball and double as a concert venue.

It was opened by Dame Sarah Storey, Britain’s most decorated female paralympian, and Derby MP Margaret Beckett, on Thursday night.

Team Sky Boss Sir Dave Brailsford, who lives in Derbyshire, called it a ...

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Derby Arena opening 20 March

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Unwrapping of Derby Arena

That day has finally arrived! We are absolutely thrilled to announce that theunwrapping of Derby Arena will begin on 20 March with 30 days worth of an introductory programme.

You will be able to come in for a tour, use our Cafe 42, cycle track will be open to members, club users and customers who have already purchased cycling gift vouchers. Our state-of-the-art gym will be available to our members.

Our gym will suit all needs and abilities, so express your interest on Derby Arena page and we will get in touch with you to arrange an induction session for you.

Launch event

The opening event will welcome hundreds of local people who will have the chance to receive a ticket from local media outlets.
This iconic event will be staged as a ‘game of two halves’, w...
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Derby Arena: New £27.5m venue set to open in March

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DERBY’S new £27.5 million Arena is due to open in March but no final date has yet been given.

The news comes in the midst of a political row over news that the venue will run at a loss for at least its first three years in operation, meaning public money will be spent to help keep it open.

Councillor Alison Martin said subsidising its running costs were part of the plan with the idea being to ensure that using its gym, cycle track and other facilities would be affordable for the public.

But Liberal Democrat councillor Joe Naitta said that when he was cabinet member responsible for leisure, in 2008, the plan had been to be running at a profit after two years.

He said: “That would have been due to sponsorships, plus gate receipts from cyclists, events being held there and use of the gym...

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Cycling: Dame Sarah Storey says new Derby Arena track is ‘superb’

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By Colston Crawford

Dame Sarah Storey

Dame Sarah Storey on the Derby Arena track.

CYCLING star Dame Sarah Storey has labelled the Derby Arena track “superb” after a training session for her forthcoming world record attempt.

Storey, jointly the most decorated Paralympian in history, with 11 gold medals, and a three-times British champion on the track, taking on able-bodied rivals, will attempt cycling’s fabled hour record at the end of the month.

For the hour record, a competitor attempts to clock up as many kilometres as possible in 60 minutes.

There have been several attempts on the men’s record recently but the women’s record – which was set at 46.065km in 2003 by Dutch rider Leontien Zijlaard-van Moorsel – is less often attempted.

Storey recently revealed the black...

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