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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."

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Marshals Urgently Needed For Tour of the Reservoir Weekend!

We have an urgent need for marshals to help out at this year's Tour of the Reservoir races. This event is an elite cycle race which sets off from its HQ in Blanchland with various routes around the Derwent Reservoir. This is a national level event, attracting the top domestic riders in the UK and will be shown on Eurosport.

Racing will take place over two days on 13th and 14th April and feature for the first time an elite ladies race on the Saturday morning. A field of 50 is expected with the headline name being Helen Wyman, current European and National cyclocross champion and World Championship bronze medallist. A field of 140 men are entered for two races on Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning.

The organiser, Mike Hodgson, will be very grateful for offers of support to marshal any individual, or all of these prestigious events. All officials will be fully briefed prior to race start regarding their duties, supplied with meals and have mileage reimbursed. Mike does, however need to finalise the marshalling team this weekend, hence the urgent call.

If you can help, please phone or text Mike Hodgson on 07519 565061.

I am grateful on behalf of the region for any help that clubs and individuals are able to provide.

Tony Hodgson

Chair of British Cycling North East Region

Appointment of New Regional Competition Administrator

The regional board is very pleased to announce the appointment of Phil Jack as the Regional Competition Administrator for the north east region.

Phil took up the appointment on 6 March 2014 and is very keen to get to work on the north east's competition programme for 2014.

Phil is a member of Northumbria Police cycling club and Police Sport UK CRT, having been a cyclist all his life. In his application to the regional board Phil said, "I am extremely excited to hear of this role and the potential it has for making a difference with British Cycling within the new BCNE framework. All my life I have been involved in cycling be it competing, organising, encouraging and now being a trainee level 2 coach. I feel I have the necessary skills and experience for the job due to my current policing background, riding experience, and experience of organising races and holding positions of responsibility in cycling clubs".

Since the early 2000s Phil has been involved in traffic management and dealing with cycle race applications/risk assessments and liaising with race organisers. He has personal links with the relevant authorities and also has a good working knowledge of how the various organisations work. Phil has experience of working with committees such as the Northumberland National Park Authority and the Forestry Commission. He goes on to say, " I have expertise in people management – dealing with conflict, offering advice, negotiating, acting firmly but fairly, all qualities that can be used in the RCA role".

Phil has taken on this role in BCNE at a time when things are moving forward with the regional board's development plan, and better administration structure of the board itself.

Exciting times indeed and we wish Phil every success in his new role.

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