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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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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Derby Arena to host city’s pantomime after 2014 show cancelled

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A Christmas pantomime, which was cancelled because of a venue fire, will be hosted in city’s new velodrome next year, the council has said.

Derby’s 2014 performance of Beauty and the Beast was cancelled after the Assembly Rooms closed in March.

Aladdin will be the first entertainment booking at Derby Arena, which is due to start hosting events next month.

A decision is due to be made on whether to refurbish or demolish the Assembly Rooms next year, the city council said.

Council officer Peter Ireson said Derby’s pantomime was the most popular event in the city, with 50,000 people coming to see it each year.

“We’ve got over a decade’s experience of producing fantastic pantomimes and I just know with that iconic new building we can do something really special for Derby,” he said.

The 5,000...

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Flagship Derby velodrome project threatens to become a white elephant – reader’s letter

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By Derby Telegraph  |  Posted: December 18, 2014

Derby's velodrome – are councillors "spoiling the ship for a ha'porth of tar"? asks Chris Mills.

Derby’s velodrome – are councillors “spoiling the ship for a ha’porth of tar”? asks Chris Mills.

WHEN the city council’s highly paid consultants suggested a velodrome would meet Derby’s needs, there was much consternation.

How did they come up with that off-the-wall idea?

 Then came the wildlife protesters, and the outside track was dropped. The high-profile cycling venue for the people of Derby became a niche facility for the minority.

But we could still host world-class cycling events, which would draw big crowds. But there is very little permanent seating so, where would they all sit?

And then we’re told that the track isn’t up to world-class standards and will never be the place for the top cyclists to set world records.

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Dave Gretton, from Gedling, former chairman of Nottingham Track Cycling Association, is encouraged by new cycling facilities being built in the city.

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 The shiny new Derby Indoor Velodrome is to open in the new year, and this news nearly prompted me to start another rant about Nottingham’s continued neglect of cycling and lack of any facility since the surrender of the Harvey Hadden cycling track to the athletes back in 2003; when something prompted me to actually go and have a look at the current plans for the Harvey Hadden site.

When I arrived, and met old friend Perry the groundsman, it was amid frantic building works; and sure enough there was the sad sight of the old disused, desecrated and moss-covered cycle track, excavated for the athletes’ long-sought-after ‘Holy Grail’ of the mythical eighth running lane. But before I became too downhearted I was relieved, pleased even, to see the plan for the 1...

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MEKK PISTA T1 TRACK BIKE FIRST LOOK

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Following its success on the road Mekk has introduced two new track bikes to its ever-growing range.

The ethos behind the brand is to create a great frame, which features throughout the range, only varying in finishing kit to match price points in the market.

Following this ethos Mekk have produced the entry level Pista T1, a triple butted aluminum frame with carbon fork, finished with in-house Saturae components...

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