Since Bradley Wiggins’ historic win in the Tour de France on Sunday and Sir Chris Hoy’s election to carry the British flag at the opening ceremony next Friday, there has been much made about Manchester’s velodrome.
There are few greater success stories. Built in 1994 as part of Manchester Olympic bid, it has helped British cycling outperform every other country in the world.
But there is a question mark over the long-term future of Manchester as the base for Britain’s cycling.
Currently, there is agreement between Manchester, Glasgow and London to share the hosting of World Cup events, and there seems to be a committment to Manchester for the next few years.
Indeed, last night, Tony Livesey asked British Cycling President Brian Cookson if they were staying in Manchester, and he said yes, something that Tony rightly pointed out was welcome news and would be a huge boost to the City.
Tony’s interview starts at 14minutes 50seconds.
However, Brian Cookson did not give an open-ended committment. And London has just been announced as the UK’s prefered bidder for the 2016 World Championship, ahead of Manchester.
Manchester needs to stay the base for UK Cycling. It has a track record of huge success and you don’t change a winning formula. I’ve written to Jeremy Hunt to ask for a committment to Manchester staying the HQ for British Cycling after 2014.
At a grass routes level, Manchester needs to build on its good work on cycling. Cycling activist Pete Abel, makes the case here.