As cycling fanatics we’re delighted to hear that 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 velodrome in the east 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 away all before them at successive Olympic Games.

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 remaining in Manchester is the intention, with future developments including a planned mountain bike trail in nearby Clayton Vale.

In the run-up to the Olympics the regions were told endlessly how it was not just London that would benefit from the Games. Moving British Cycling to the capital would clearly put paid to that claim once and for all.

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