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 just brilliant. You don’t get to come to this part of the world very often and it’s just nice to come to another world class velodrome and we have produced a world class time.

“There have actually been a few world class times over the past three days.

“It’s put the track on the map world-wide and brought some attention to it so I think there will be more world record attempts here in the future.

“It’s been fantastic really and it’s great to have another world class facility less than two hours from home.

“I would definitely like to come back. I have been toying with doing another hour record maybe on here because it’s quite a quick track so we will see but it’s a bit of a pipedream at the moment.”

Five-times World Champion, and Olympic Gold medallist, Ed Clancy won the Omnium event yesterday and was equally effusive in his praise of the track and the support the riders received.

He said: “It’s been great. The crowd has been sold out every evening – even on Sunday morning the place has been packed and the track looks great.

“We have been really well received. You speak to the crowd and a lot of them are diehard cycling fans and come from all over the world but there are also a lot of guys from Derby, locals that have never seen it before. It’s good to open another spot.”

And domestic events like the Revolution Series could be just the start of things to come Clancy believed, he said: “I don’t know what the people who run the Arena have got in mind. I’m guessing the Revolutions will be back once a year and who knows what else.

“There could be World Cups and European Championships in the future.

“In terms of World Cups we have been to smaller venues than this. You could definitely run a World Cup here.

“In terms of World Championships you have Manchester and London that are big pulls but I don’t see why there couldn’t be a World Cup or National Championship here in the years to come.

“This area of the country has been missing out and this is a proper good facility.

“Looking back we have done the first race here, there haven’t been any problems and there is plenty of parking! We’re all happy!”

See Sir Bradley Wiggins and Mark Cavandish in action in the madison event, here.

By Derby Telegraph  |  Posted: August 17, 2015

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