Monthly Archives April 2013

Cycle coach Dave Brailsford receives freedom of Erewash

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Dave Brailsford
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
  • Wales National Velodrome, Newport, e...
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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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The big downfall for Saffr...

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Work starts on new velodrome in Derby

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Work starts on new velodrome in Derby

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Work started this week on the new velodrome in Derby, it will be Britain’s fifth 250 metre indoor track.

A groundbreaking ceremony was held yesterday (November 22) as the diggers moved in to start work on the £28m state of the art arena that will also include fitness and wellbeing facilities, badminton courts and a 1.5km closed road circuit outside.

Plans for the 1,700 seat venue were first approved in March 2011 by the Conservative, Liberal Democrat administration, but in May this year concerns were raised as the incoming Labour administration appeared less keen on the plans and ordered a review.

A rally was organised in Derby city centre by local sports fans to show their support for the velodrome and in July the council finally backed the pla...

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