September 16 2014 Latest news:
Freddy Mayhew, Reporter
Friday, March 14, 2014
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.
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.
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