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Cycling champ: Derby Arena will nurture new talent

World Masters silver medallist and Olympic cyclist Geoff Cooke says he's convinced the new Derby Arena will breed the champions of the future.

The 70-year-old was at the arena this morning when the media got a first look at the completed track.

He told ITV News he's confident future World Champions will come from the Derby track in the years to come.

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Amazing time-lapse video shows arena transformation

Incredible time-lapse footage of the construction of Derby's £27 million cycling arena has been released.

The arena is due to open to the public in the next few months, and was unveiled to the media this morning for the first time since most of the building work finished.

When holding track events there will be seating for 1500 people, and there are also 12 badminton courts.

Derby Council leader gets on his bike at £27m arena

Cllr Ranjit Banwait speeding past our cameraman this morning Credit: ITV News Central/Phil Brewster

The Leader of Derby City Council Councillor Ranjit Banwait has been one of the first to try out the city's new £27million indoor cycle track this morning.

The arena also houses a sports hall and gym Credit: ITV News Central/Phil Brewster

Cllr Banwait got on his bike at the velodrome as the almost finished building was unveiled to the media.

The 250 metre cycle track was built in just over 6 weeks, and the arena also houses a huge indoor sports hall and a state-of-the-art gym. It's due to open to the public in the next few months.

Derby Arena will open to the public in the next few weeks Credit: ITV News Central/Phil Brewster

Thousands expected for Leicester Classic cycle race

The last time the Leicester Castle Classic race took place in the city Credit: Leicester City Council

Thousands of cycling fans are expected to turn out for the Leicester Castle Classic cycle race as part of British Cycling's Elite Grand Prix Series.

It's the penultimate race in the six-fixture Grand Prix series, and will see riders race 80km in a circuit through city centre streets.

The 3.8km ‘kermesse’ style route will link the cobbled areas of Leicester Castle, the banks of the River Soar and King Power Stadium.

The main elite race starts at 3.30pm, with 80 of the best UK professional riders and top level teams are expected to compete.

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More pictures from today's Milk Race in Nottingham

The Milk Race has returned to Nottingham for the second year in succession after a 20 year absence Credit: ITV News Central
Several races for people of varied ability's have been taking place in the city today Credit: ITV News Central
Members of the public have lined the street in force for today's events Credit: ITV News Central

Pictures from today's community ride in Nottingham

Here come the boys: Elite riders warm up for big race

Olympic Gold medalist Ed Clancy is among the riders currently warming up for the men's elite race in Nottingham.

Clancy is a four time World Track Cycling champion and is a reigning Olympic champion in the Team Pursuit.

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