Monthly Archives January 2015

Cycle firm defends council for spending £28m on arena

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  • Nigel Moore, managing director of bicycle distributor Moore Large, says the council should be praised for its foresight in spending millions of pounds on the city’s new velodrome, describing it as an ‘inspired choice’ as it will pull in people from all over the country.

  • Nigel Moore, managing director of bicycle distributor Moore Large, says the council should be praised for its foresight in spending millions of pounds on the city’s new velodrome, describing it as an ‘inspired choice’ as it will pull in people from all over the country.

  • ONE of the UK’s largest distributors of bicycles and bike accessories has defended the city council for spending millions of pounds on building Derby Arena.

The £28 million venue will host high-level cycling events, b...

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Delays to the opening of velodrome frustrate cycle firms across Derby

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By Derby Telegraph  |  Posted: January 14, 2015

By PAUL WHYATT

The impressive facade of the new Derby Arena – it looks great from the outside but no-one knows when they'll be able to get inside.

The impressive facade of the new Derby Arena – it looks great from the outside but no-one knows when they’ll be able to get inside.

CYCLING shops say they are frustrated that Derby’s new velodrome is yet to open.

The £27.5 million Derby Arena – complete with a 250-metre indoor cycle track – is set to open over the next few months, but an exact date has yet to be revealed by the city council.

Cycling stores say the opening cannot come soon enough as they are seeking to profit in a number of ways.

Some are hoping for a bump in bike sales and clothing, while others are looking to hire out the velodrome to host track cycling taster sessions.

They include Duffield bike shop Velo Bavarian.

General manager Gavin Slat...

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Video, Derby Arena: Telegraph reporter Joey Severn takes to the velodrome

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By Joey Severn

Derby Telegraph reporter  Joey Severn takes to the cycle track at Derby Arena.

Derby Telegraph reporter Joey Severn takes to the cycle track at Derby Arena.

In my imagination, I am riding full tilt behind Mark Cavendish, waiting to make my move on the final bend to take the line and win the gold medal.

In reality I am tucked behind fellow cycling fan and Telegraph colleague Victoria Wilcox on the brand new Derby Arena track.

But the feeling of being within a foot of her back wheel as the wind rushes in my ears and the legs start to burn is fantastic.

I stood on the same site in April 2013 for the ground-breaking ceremony as work got under way.

At that point it was still, to all intents and purposes, a car park.

It was difficult to visualise exactly what the arena would look like, how it would feel and whether thedreams of the city coun...

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Facts and figures about Derby Arena and Velodrome

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Derby Arena is expected to open in the next few months.Photo: ITV News Central/Darren Branston

As work nears completion on the £27m Derby Arena, & the region’s first indoor velodrome, here’s some facts and figures on the project.

The Arena’s indoor velodrome is one of only five in the UK along with: National Cycle Centre Manchester, Wales National Velodrome (Newport, South Wales), London Olympic Velodrome and the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome, Glasgow.

The arena has seating for 1500 spectators when set up for full race mode
The arena has seating for 1500 spectators when set up for full race mode Credit: ITV News Central/Darren Branston

It’s also one of the UK’s first Olympic legacy projects to be carried out since London 2012.

Key facts about the construction

  • The futuristic building has a footprint of 14,500m2 or 156,000 sq ft
  • The structur...
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Derby Arena: Still no opening date, city council admits today

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THERE is still no confirmed opening date for the new £27.5 million Derby Arena, the city council has said this morning.

 The authority is maintaining that it will open early this year.

Work is, however, well underway for the University of Derby’s graduation ceremony next week which will be held in the centre of the track.

A council spokeswoman said that, ahead of opening, there was still work to be done on staff recruitment, training and cleaning.

The doors to Pride Park arena were thrown open to the media for the first time this morning.

A senior council officer also said that rock and pop acts and more comedy acts will be announced this year for the new arena.

Comedian Jimmy Carr has already been announced for July 10 and the city’s pantomime, Aladdin, will be held at ...

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