Search

Video: Olympic cyclist Laura Trott insists Games legacy isn’t just about new talent, but getting more people cycling

12:48 14 March 2014

Olympic champion Laura Trott OBE

Olympic champion Laura Trott OBE

Archant

Reigning Olympic cycling champion Laura Trott has insisted even if no new talent comes out of the Lee Valley VeloPark, the legacy of the London 2012 Games will still have been a success.

Laura Trott takes a tour of the track ahead of competing at the Revolution SeriesLaura Trott takes a tour of the track ahead of competing at the Revolution Series

Speaking to Parklife at the opening of the iconic venue today, she said the legacy for cycling was to get more people involved in the sport at all levels, but added she was sure a roster of new talent would come up through the VeloPark.

“It isn’t all about trying to find the next me or Victoria Pendleton, it’s about getting as many people riding their bikes as possible,” she said.

“Here is a place where you can do any discipline. I think it would be a success even if you don’t see another talent but I’m pretty sure you are going to see a lot of it.”

The VeloPark is the only facility in the world where the four disciplines of BMX, road, track and mountain biking can be practiced in the same place.

During London 2012, Essex-born Trott was part of the gold-medal winning trio, including Team GB riders Dani King and Joanna Rowsell, that broke the World Record six times in the team pursuit event.

She followed this astonishing debut with a second gold in the omnium, where cyclists compete against each other in six different events.

Coming back to the scene of her famous victories she said she it was “just fantastic” to see the venue’s transformation, adding: “What a place to have the VeloPark, in what for me is the best city in the world.

“I think we will see the next generation of kids growing up on this track.”

She offered practical advice to young riders and said the most important thing was to enjoy your sport, adding: “Don’t force yourself into a certain discipline, just go out and enjoy it.”

Next in sight for the 21-year-old is defending her two Olympic titles on the track at Rio in 2016.

For the latest news form Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, see our fortnightly Parklife section in the Newham Recorder.

Related articles

0 comments

Latest News Stories

Firefighters on strike at East Ham Fire Station last year

Firefighters are now on strike as part of a long-running dispute with the government over pension reforms.

Brenda Lawley selling poppies  in Morrisons Stratford (photo: Arnaud Stephenson)

Step into a station, supermarket or shopping centre in the two weeks leading up to Remembrance Day and chances are you’ll come across a poppy seller.

A computer-generated image of the phase two development from Barking Road

Months before its completion, the second phase of a major housing development has sold all of its homes.

Planned engineering work could affect your journey this weekend.

There is a relatively minor programme of planned closures on the Tube and Overground network this weekend - but they could still affect your journey. Read on for the lowdown.

Most read news

One pilot is dead and another seriously injured after the craft exploded over the Mojave desert.

One pilot has died and another is seriously injured after a rocket belonging to billionaire Sir Richard Branson’s space tourism venture crashed during a test flight. Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo rocket came down in the Mojave Desert in California. An eyewitness reported that the craft exploded in flight after ignition. A Virgin Galactic spokesman said the […]

Another two men were taken to local hospital with serious injuries.

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Newham Recorder e-edition today E-edition