Eastlands Velo and Sportcity Velo are youth/junior cycling clubs based at the National Cycling Centre in Manchester and welcome new riders to the sport at our weekly beginners sessions.
Our main activity is track cycling, though we also do mountain biking, closed circuit racing and cyclo cross. We run weekly beginners track sessions open to non-members and training sessions for first-claim club members at the Manchester velodrome (National Cycling Centre) for youth and junior riders from age 9 years up.
If you fancy a thrilling ride on the same boards as the Olympic stars, and you can fit on one of our track bikes (39cm or larger) come along to one of our Monday evening Beginners Sessions and give the banked track a try.
Our current membership includes double Commonwealth Gold-Medallist and 2018 & 2017 double – World Para-Cycling Track Champion Matt Rotherham (Tandem Pilot – Kilo and Sprint with Neil Fachie and James Ball), 2018 National Keirin Champion and 2017 National Sprint Champion Jess Crampton and over the years our members have included Olympic gold medallists Jason Kenny (2008 Team Sprint Gold, 2012 match sprint & team sprint Golds and 2016 Team Sprint, Individual Sprint & Keirin Golds), Steven Burke (2012 & 2016 team pursuit Golds), 2017 Junior Sprint Silver medallist Lauren Bate and Simon and Adam Yates (road race stars from the Giro d’Italia, Tour of Turkey and the Tour de France). Jason joined the club in 2000, and Steven arrived in 2002. Both moved on to Sportcity Velo, winning national titles there and then on to the British Cycling talent programme. Twin brothers Simon and Adam joined the club in 2004, and have both made their mark in major road races since 2014. Last year Adam became the first British cyclist to win the Tour de France’s white jersey as best young rider, finishing in fourth place in the overall classification.
In all, at least eight former Eastlands Velo riders are now in the GB Cycling Team – details of ‘Team GB’ can be found on the GB Team page of the BC website.