Riders at the Sainsbury's 2015 School Games will compete at the National Cycling Centre
This year the National Cycling Centre will open its doors to the budding young riders of the Sainsbury's 2015 School Games. Home to the incredibly successful GB team, the riders at the School Games can look forward to competing on the same track as their Olympic and Paralympic heroes.
Located in the buzzing Sportcity in East Manchester, the impressive velodrome made history as the first ever indoor Olympic cycling track when it opened in 1994. The addition of a £19 million BMX track in 2011 expanded the venue even further.
As a regular training and competition venue for elite riders such as Laura Trott, Ed Clancy and double world champion para-cyclist Sophie Thornhill, it's no surprise that more than 15 track cycling world records have been set on its 250 metre track.
At the UCI World Cup in 2013, Laura Trott, Dani King, Joanna Rowsell and Elinor Barker broke the women's team pursuit world record twice in the same day in front of a sell-out crowd. The quartet rode 4:23.91 in qualifying, before setting the standard with a time of 4:19.60 against Canada in the gold medal ride.
The velodrome was also the setting for Ed Clancy and Ollie Wood's world record success in the 1km Madison time trial. On a thrilling day of cycling at last year's Revolution Series, the duo clocked a time of 54.54 to beat Sir Chris Hoy and Arnaud Tournant's long standing record of 54.55.
These state of the art facilities have been key in increasing the medal collection of the GB cycling team. They were the most successful home team at the London 2012 Olympics, winning a total of nine gold medals during the competition, including seven gold.
The National Cycling Centre is a world class venue and will make a fitting location for the cycling at the Sainsbury's 2015 School Games from 4 to 6 September 2015.