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Derby - a cycling hub for the whole country

3rd March 2015
Cycling in Derby

What an amazing time to be living in or visiting Derby if you are a cyclist or interested in the sport. The history of having the perfect roads for riding in Derbyshire has been good, but with the opening of the velodrome at Derby Arena, the city will soon become a cycling hub for the whole country.

With only four velodrome’s in Great Britain, the experience of riding one has been limited to a fortunate few. Having Derby Arena in the heart of the country will open the opportunity up to many more people. It will also help the next generation to carry on the great success team GB has achieved.

Since my retirement in 2004 after winning my last Olympic medal, the growth in the sport has been massive. This, coupled with the work I have been doing with companies and individuals will help make the love of cycling last a lifetime.

Working with people who are new to the sport, the main thing I have noticed is how sociable this pastime is. I can’t think of many sports you can do whilst talking at the same time. This awareness, led me to start the ‘Cycling Networking Group’. People meet and go for a ride together and then return for a drink at a local pub or coffee house and carry on socialising.

This has been done with great success in Nottinghamshire and we hope to see this carried over into  Derby: a ‘Cycling Networking group’ in where people of all levels are able to meet, go for a ride together and let the team help you fall in love with the sport of cycling.

Now that Derby Arena is open, please take the opportunity to ride in the same wheel track as Chris Hoy, Bradley Wiggins and myself and keep the love of cycling rolling on.

I hope to see you out on the road.

By Bryan Steel, 4 Time Olympic Cyclist & Medallist

Bryan Steel is an English former professional racing cyclist. He represented Great Britain at the 1992, 1996, 2000 and 2004 Summer Olympics.

Bryan who lives in the East Midlands, shares the secrets of his success through his own development programme and is passionate about promoting cycling.