British cyclists trained at Derby Arena win impressive medal haul
Published: 25 October 2022
Great Britain’s top cyclists are celebrating international medal success in their latest competitions after training at Derby Arena. The Brits picked up a total of 40 medals across two separate championships during the past fortnight.
Great Britain Cycling Team riders competing at the UCI Track Cycling World Championships won 10 medals, while the British riders at the UCI Para-Cycling World Championships secured an astonishing 30 medals, including 20 world titles.
The Great Britain Cycling Team has been based at Derby Arena while their usual home, the National Cycling Centre in Manchester, is being refurbished. As the country’s newest indoor velodrome, Derby Arena is fast securing a reputation for excellent facilities, camaraderie between riders, and support from professional coaches.
During the UCI Track Cycling World Championships, which took place in France from October 12 to 16, Neah Evans won gold in the Women’s Points Race while Ethan Hayter came top in the Men’s Omnium. Ethan also won another gold – alongside Dan Bigham, Ethan Vernon and Ollie Wood – in the Men’s Team Pursuit.
Great Britain finished fifth on the medal table, with three golds, two silvers and five bronze medals.
Just a few days later, Great Britain celebrated its most successful UCI Para-Cycling World Championships to date. Members of the team, who took part in the event from October 20 to 23, have been training at Derby since the summer.
One of the competition’s success stories was Fin Graham, who took the men’s C3 omnium world title in straight event wins, not dropping a single point across the competition. Added to his individual scratch race and pursuit titles, he went home with a total of three rainbow jerseys – a phenomenal track world championships performance.
Jody Cundy celebrated a remarkable 13th consecutive world title in the C4 men’s kilo time trial, before winning a second rainbow jersey in the C1-5 mixed team sprint alongside Kadeena Cox and Jaco Van Gass.
In total, the British team collected 20 gold medals, four silver medals and four bronze medals.
Councillor Jerry Pearce, Derby City Council’s Cabinet Member for Streetpride, Public Spaces and Leisure, said: “Huge congratulations to all the British cyclists on their phenomenal world championship success. It’s wonderful that Derby Area has played an important part in this.
With only five indoor velodromes in the UK, we’re proud to offer this superb facility. The best thing about Derby Arena is that it’s for cyclists of all abilities, from beginners to elite riders. Anyone can have a go with the support of our expert coaches.
The success at the World Championships is the latest in a long line of impressive performances from cyclists who’ve trained at Derby Arena. They have already brought home medals at the National Masters Track Championships, the World Masters Track Championships and the Commonwealth Games.
Anyone can try track cycling at Derby Arena, under the guidance of expert coaches. If you fancy riding on the same track as Great Britain’s elite cyclists, check out our cycling page.