Velodrome and circuit moves step forward
BRITISH Cycling, the sport's ruling body in the UK, has thrown its weight — and its financial muscle — behind plans for a multi-discipline cycling centre in Torbay.
The Herald Express has already reported on a drive to build an outdoor velodrome and a closed road circuit in Torbay.
Now British Cycling has confirmed its support for the scheme and says it intends to provide capital funding assistance to make it happen.
Dave Cockram, BC's national facilities officer, said: "The South West of England is in desperate need of dedicated traffic-free cycling sport facilities for both sporting and recreational use.
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"At present there are none in Devon or Cornwall, and riders are having to travel to Bournemouth or Newport to access a velodrome, or to West London or Birmingham to access a closed road circuit.
"The South West has always had a strong cycling tradition, and has produced many riders who have progressed to the highest levels of international racing.
"It is vital to provide safe traffic-free facilities so that this tradition can continue."
Torbay's mayor Gordon Oliver added: "Torbay is setting its sights on becoming an area of cycling excellence, seeking to attract residents and visitors from far and wide with a range of new and improved facilities.
"We have been working with British Cycling and looking at opportunities to develop a range of cycling infrastructure.
"We are very excited about the future and extremely keen to work with British Cycling to help our plans become a reality."