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.
British Cycling’s investment into the project has helped to provide a fleet of bikes at the facility, including adapted bikes such as handcycles, tandems and trikes.
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.
Dame Sarah Storey, Britain’s most successful ever female Paralympian, 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.”
Meanwhile, 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.”