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Cycling base 'should stay in the north'

Posted 9 August 2012
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Cycling base 'should stay in the north'
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Gold-medallist Sir Chris Hoy has said the British cycling team should remain at its base in Manchester's velodrome, despite the success enjoyed on the track in London.

The veolodrome in the Clayton area of the city was built as part of Manchester's bid for the 2000 Olympics and is used by the public as well as the elite British men and women who have swept all before them at successive Olympics.

Speaking to the Manchester Evening News, Sir Chris said: "I think it is right the home of British Cycling is in Manchester - and that it stays in Manchester even though we have this incredible facility in London. It will always be a special place for me and there is no reason to move out."

British Cycling president Brian Cookson confirmed that remnaining in Mancehster is the intention, with future developments including a planned mountain bike trail in nearby Clayton Vale.

People who enjoy mountain biking or road cycling in the Manchester area, around London or anywhere else may take inspiration from the success of British cycling in the Olympic Games and in the Tour De France, where Bradley Wiggins became the first UK winner - ahead of Chris Froome in second place. This pair also won medals in the Olympic time trial as Wiggins claimed gold and Froome bronze.

Cycling fans in Scotland will be able to enjoy more indoor facilities as the Sir Chris Hoy Arena is completed in Glasgow ahead of the 2014 Commonwealth Games.

The event will also see mountain biking staged at Cathkin Braes in the south of the city.

Scotland already has some world class mountain biking facilities, notably at the Nevis Range resort in the slopes of Aonach Mor, where riders can use the gondola cable cars to reach the top of the course and descend nearly 2,000 ft down the mountain and through the Leanachan Forest.ADNFCR-2803-ID-801425282-ADNFCR