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British Cycling bosses check out Derby’s new velodrome

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Sir Dave Brailsford with Robert Kirkland, a director of Bowmer Kirkland, with the arena taking shape behind them. Below, Sir Dave and Phil Hogg.

Sir Dave Brailsford and Ian Drake, the two most senior figures at British Cycling, got their first tour of the multi-sports arena that will house Derby’s first velodrome.

They were joined on the tour by British and European champion paratriathlete Phil Hogg.

The trio were in the city to support Changing Places Day, designed to promote bike safety in and around Derby as cycling grows in popularity.

The tour was conducted by Robert Kirkland, director at Bowmer and Kirkland, main contractor on the velodrome project. Exhibitors included Cyclo Monster, Samways, Cycle Derby, cycling charity Sustrans, Cycle Derby and Moore Large.

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£27m velodrome taking shape

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HUGE cranes lifting the pieces of Derby’s new sports arena into place are now dominating the skyline of Pride Park.

The £27.5 million building will have a 250-metre cycling track, a 12-court sports hall, a gym, multi-function rooms, a spinning room and a café.

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    The city’s velodrome in Derby is taking shape.

It is being constructed by Bowmer and Kirkland, which is set to hand control of the building over to Derby City Council in October 2014.

In recent weeks a huge piledriver has walloped concrete piles into the ground so it is stable enough for the arena to be built on.

 Now enormous cranes are lifting steel pieces that make up the core of the building into place.

A Bowmer and Kirkland spokeswoman said this work would now continue until the beginning of September.

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Cycle coach Dave Brailsford receives freedom of Erewash

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Dave Brailsford was born in Derby, grew up in north Wales and now lives in Ilkeston
Team GB’s cycling director has received the freedom of a Derbyshire borough in recognition of his achievements at London 2012.

Dave Brailsford, who lives in Ilkeston, has been honoured after helping to guide Team GB riders to eight gold medals.

His role in Bradley Wiggins’s Tour de France win has also been recognised.

The coach was presented with a framed scroll and a badge of office medal by the Mayor of Erewash borough.

‘Incredible achievements’

Erewash Borough Council has only ever presented the award once, to the Mercian Regiment in 2007.

The ceremony, held at West Park Leisure Centre, Long Eaton, was attended by Mr Brailsford’s family and representatives of local cycling clubs.

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Naming rights ‘option’ on Derby’s £28m velodrome

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Derby City Council has said it will not rule out selling the rights to name the city’s new velodrome when it is completed next year.

The £28m project has been partly funded by the authority, with work starting on Friday.

The city council said it was looking at all aspects of naming the stadium, including honouring sporting heroes.

Suggestions have included Team GB’s cycling director, and Derbyshire resident, Sir Dave Brailsford.

Councillor Martin Repton, cabinet member for leisure and culture on the council, said: “We’re looking at all aspects [of naming the velodrome]. It’s very important to get it right.

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The UK’s indoor velodromes

  • National Cycling Centre, Manchester, est. 1994
  • Calshot Velodrome, Southampton, est. 1997
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Leicester and Derby: A tale of two velodromes

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Leicester and Derby: A tale of two velodromes

By Neil HeathBBC News, Nottingham

Leicester's Saffron Lane Velodrome before it was demolished in 2008Leicester’s Saffron Lane Velodrome fell into disrepair before being demolished in 2008

In places, the gaps between the wooden tracks were as wide as bicycle wheels – and between races a man sometimes needed to nail down the loose boards – but Saffron Lane Velodrome is sorely missed.

In its heyday, the Leicester venue was at the centre of British cycling and the scene of Olympic gold medallist Chris Boardman’s first world record.

Unfortunately, the English weather and a lack of investment took their toll on the 3,100-seat outdoor track.

It closed in 1999, and some are still bitter that such a magnet for cycling enthusiasts was allowed to slip out of the Midlands’ grasp.

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