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Cyclists need £30 coaching session before trying track

How the new Velopark will look when it opens in March. Credit: London Legacy Development Corporation

Cycle fans may have to pay up to £30 for their first chance to try out the track where Sir Chris Hoy, Dame Sarah Storey and Laura Trott won gold at the London 2012 Games.

The 6,000-seat London 2012 velodrome and BMX track at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in Stratford reopens on March 4 2014.

A coached accreditation session will be needed to ensure riders have the skills and confidence to tackle the swooping Siberian pine velodrome track and the BMX courses, said the Lee Valley Regional Park Authority, which owns and runs the venue.

The building of an updated BMX and road cycling track is underway. Credit: London Legacy Development Corporation

The hour-long taster session on the 250m track for unaccredited riders costs £30. The price is £22 for people with a concession, which includes the under-18s.

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Laura Trott to launch RideLondon cycling event

Cyclist Laura Trott. Credit: REUTERS/David Davies/Pool

The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, and Olympic gold medallist, Laura Trott are to launch the official RideLondon route for 2013.

Plans for the two day cycling festival were announced just after the Olympics last July.

It will feature a series of rides for anyone from young amateurs to the world's elite cyclists.

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Olympic gold medallist opens new baby unit

Now she was one of the star's of the Olympics, winning double Gold in cycling, and today Laura Trott was back at the Essex hospital where she was born to open a new Neonatal Intensive Care Unit..

20 year old Laura was a month premature when her Mum gave birth at the Princess Alexandra hospital in Harlow and was seriously ill but staff at the Unit ensured she made a full recovery as Russell Hookey explains

Olympian Laura Trott opens neonatal unit

Double gold-winning Olympian Laura Trott Credit: Stephen Pond/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Double gold-winning Olympian Laura Trott is due to open a new neonatal unit in the hospital which saved her life more than 20 years ago.

This morning the Essex track cyclist will return to the Princess Alexandra Hospital in Harlow.

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Double gold medal winner Trott admits she 'feels like a kid'

Double gold medal winner Laura Trott said today she still feels like "a 10-year-old kid" despite her Olympic success.

The 20-year-old, from Cheshunt, Hertfordshire, said taking both the titles was "surreal" and that she had been unsure whether her win at the Track Cycling World Championship in Melbourne earlier this year was just by chance.

Trott is the reigning double Olympic, European and world champion.
Trott is the reigning double Olympic, European and world champion. Credit: REUTERS

She said: "It still feels totally surreal for me, I still can't believe this is happening, I'm just a 10-year-old kid.

"I didn't know whether I just fluked it in Melbourne and whether I could beat them all again. So it's just amazing, especially to do it in front of a home crowd."

Laura Trott says she can't believe she won another gold at London 2012:

"I came into today not feeling as good as yesterday, and I was losing my head a bit between events because they weren't going the way I wanted them to.

"To finish off with that 500m, I can't believe it. I'm really happy.

"It's all thanks to the coaches really, and my family and friends are here too, and the support of the crowd."

– Laura Trott, Team GB cyclist
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