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Inter Regional Championship 2014: Team Manager, Team Coach and Team Staff Member Selection

In 2014, British Cycling North East will support teams of Youth competitors at the annual Inter Regional Championships in Track, Road and Mountain Biking (XC), for which teams of four male and four female athletes will be selected.

The Y&JDW will be appointing a Team Manager and a Coach for each event; in addition, for the Road and MTB events there is also the option to select a Team Staff Member to assist at the event.

Read more: Inter Regional Championship 2014: Team Manager, Team Coach and Team Staff Member Selection

North East Youth League Dates 2014

The dates and venues of the NEYL for 2014 have been finalised and should appear on the BCEvents page soon.

For information, there are 10 NEYL events, but league points will only be awarded for rounds 1 to 9; the final round of the series(20th July) will include the overall series presentations. Because of this, series points will not be awarded for that round, but British Cycling points will still be given. This means that medals can be engraved etc in preparation for presentation. Overall series points will be calculated from each rider's best 6 results.

Please note round 6 (8th June) is for A and B riders only. This is because the British Schools Cycling Association National Time Trials for u7, u9, u11 and u13 is being held that day at Prissick and it was felt that it would not be fair to organise another event on the same day in the region for those age groups.

All rounds will be on Sundays apart from 17th May, which is a Saturday and includes the North East Regional Youth Championships.

NEYL rounds avoid clashes with any National Youth Circuit Series races held on Sundays.

As was the case last year, prizes may be awarded at individual races, but this is at the discretion of the organisers. For every rider who takes part in each round £1 will be paid to the North East Youth and Junior Development Fund.

Race entry costs will vary for some rounds, and this is due to the variation in event costs at different venues.

Results and overall league tables will be posted on the British Cycling North East website as soon as possible after each round.

Read more: North East Youth League Dates 2014

Velodrome confirmed in next phase of Middlesbrough Sports Village

MIDDLESBROUGH is to have a velodrome as a key feature of the town's new Sports Village.

The £1 million facility has been made possible thanks to a partnership between Middlesbrough Council and British Cycling.

The 250m Olympic-length velodrome will complement the popular 1km Cycle Circuit at Prissick and further cement the Sport's Village's appeal as a centre of regional importance.

Work on the Sports Village – off Marton Road – is due to start next month with the athletics track and temporary changing expected to be in place by October and the first phase of the development due for completion the following May.

It is expected work on the velodrome will also start later this year, with the first cyclists using it next spring.

Tony Hodgson, Chair of British Cycling North East Region, said: "A new velodrome for aspiring track cyclists inspired by the exploits of our Olympians is tremendous news for the sport in the North East.

"Track cycling is fast, fun and anyone of any age can take part.

"The region has been without such a facility for too long, with all of our youth track development taking place far away, either in Manchester or Glasgow, at considerable cost to local people and demand on volunteer time.

"We already have a number of qualified track coaches in the region who support the existing programme.

"The board of British Cycling North East are determined to help the Council make this fantastic new facility a success, whether it is in supporting existing riders in training and competition, or new riders wishing to experience the thrills of riding a banked track.

"Once the building work has been completed, we will work with the Council to develop a full programme of events to showcase this exciting part of the sport to the full."

Welcoming the announcement, Middlesbrough Mayor Ray Mallon said: "It is essential that the Middlesbrough Sports Village has the sort of facilities we know people want, and the inclusion of a velodrome has been high on the agenda from day one.

"The aim from the outset has been to create an iconic sports destination of regional significance, and the velodrome will help to ensure it is a centre that attracts people from Middlesbrough and beyond for many years to come."

www.middlesbrough.gov.uk

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