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Published 16th May 2017

Cyclists in action at the Middlesbrough Sports Village Velodrome. (Credit Scott Akoz Photography.)

A popular league gets under way this week at one of Middlesbrough’s newest state-of-the-art sports facilities.

The Middlesbrough Track League rolls over the start line at the Middlesbrough Sports Village Velodrome on Wednesday (May 17), aiming to build on a barnstorming first year.

The League will run for ten consecutive Wednesdays from 7pm, and offers a chance for both new and experienced riders to enjoy the thrills of track riding.

Sessions will feature three separate groups competing, with Futures Stars for the under-12s and the remaining two groups for all other ages, split according to ability.

The £1.6 million Olympic-sized 250m facility was officially launched in May, 2016 following a partnership between Middlesbrough Council and British Cycling.

MSV Cycle User Group member Phil Metcalfe said: “The league only started last year and was more successful than we could have imagined.

 “Every week we will have in the region of 50 cyclists competing, with up to 28 on the track at any one time – there really is something for all ages, whether you’re ten or 60 there’s a place for you. 

“Spectators are also guaranteed a warm welcome - so if you haven’t seen the Velodrome in action please come down, and best of all it’s free to watch.”

Councillor Lewis Young, Middlesbrough Council’s Executive Member for Culture, Leisure and Sport, said: “Middlesbrough Sports Village has been a regional centre of excellence from day one, and the Velodrome has been a fantastic addition.

“The track is one of the best of its kind in the country, and offers a chance for beginners and experienced riders alike to taste the thrills of this great sport.

“The Track League has already surpassed all expectations, and I’m sure it will continue to grow in popularity.”

Access to the Velodrome is £6. For further information contact Middlesbrough Sports Village on 03004 560550 or email MiddlesbroughSVInfo@everyoneactive.com



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