British Cycling has announced that its ninth HSBC UK disability hub site will open later this month at the newly-built Brownlee Centre and Cycle Circuit at the University of Leeds.
The facility, which was part-funded by British Cycling, was officially opened last month and has state-of-art training facilities, including a 1.6km cycle circuit – one of the longest in the country.
HSBC UK disability hubs provide dedicated para-cycling coaching sessions for riders who want to keep fit, have fun and improve their performance. The sessions – led by British Cycling Go-Ride coaches and supported by local volunteers – help riders to achieve a variety of goals; whether this is to get into a new sport, improve fitness and confidence on a bike, rehabilitation from injury or to train for a competition.
These monthly sessions will begin at the Brownlee Centre on Sunday, May 21st between 10am and 12pm.
Dame Sarah Storey welcomed the announcement, saying: “Disability hubs provide a fantastic opportunity for people with all different types of impairments to get into cycling. Cycling should be accessible to everyone, and these disability hubs are making a huge difference.”
British Cycling development manager Rob Mace added: “The disability hubs have been a huge success across the country and we are very pleased to be expanding the programme to Leeds. This will provide a great opportunity for riders with disabilities to develop their cycling skills, make cycling a part of their lives and possibly one day compete for Paralympic medals.”
Named in honour of the University of Leeds’ most successful modern Olympians, The Brownlee Centre sits alongside a 1.6km closed-loop cycle circuit at the University’s Bodington Playing fields in north Leeds. The facilities are open to sports enthusiasts of all ages and abilities.
British Cycling’s investment into the project has also helped to provide a fleet of bikes at the facility, including adapted bikes such as handcycles, tandems and trikes, making the new disability hub sessions accessible for those who don’t have access to their own bike.