Local University and Derby Arena based riders achieved excellent results recently at the British Universities and Colleges Sport track championship 2017/18 held in Manchester during November.
The games, held at the National Cycling Centre on the 18th and 19th November 2017, resulted in some record-breaking performances by the riders, supported by their coaches and staff at Derby Arena.
The top results represent some world-beating times and rides with Charlie Tanfield from University of Derby winning a gold medal in the final and achieving a new record time of 4.17.217 in the Men’s Individual Pursuit 4,000m race. He was closely followed by Silver medallist, Harry Tanfield from University of Teesside, with a time of 4.25.957 and Will Perrett from Team Derby was awarded Bronze for finishing in 4.30.772. Anna Morris from Southampton also won gold and achieved a new record of 3.41.593 in the Women’s Individual Pursuit 3,000m, closely followed by Molly Patch from University of Birmingham in 3.45.686.
The men’s team pursuit 4k resulted in the University of Derby team setting a new gold record time of 4.11.640 and the Loughborough University team also made it to the final race. The women’s team from Birmingham University who also train at the velodrome in Derby won Gold in the pursuit race. The Loughborough A team won the men’s team sprint in 49.703 closely followed by the University of Nottingham team in 50.207 to be awarded Silver, and Team Derby won bronze in a close 50.443.
Many of the University riders who train at the 250m indoor cycle track at Derby Arena from Loughborough, Nottingham, Sheffield, Keele and Birmingham all achieved top rankings in the individual pursuit and sprint races. Charlie Tanfield from University of Derby also won Gold in the Men’s Kilo race with a time of 1.04.261.
The success of these riders from the across the region demonstrates the facilities and expertise at Derby Arena are helping to raise standards and increase participation in track cycling in the Midlands and beyond.