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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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.
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.
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.
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.
Here come the boys!. The elite riders including @ed_clancy are warming up. Get down to Old Market Square to see the start at 4pm!
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.