Huddersfield New College A Level students recently enjoyed a visit to the National Cycling Centre in Manchester, experiencing the BMX track and velodrome. The group also had the privilege of watching the GB Paralympic team training. 

The National Cycling Centre was Britain’s first indoor Olympic cycling track, offering some world class facilities to both elite athletes and novices. Regular users of the track include members of the very successful GB track cycling team, such as Sir Chris Hoy.

Students enjoyed the experience of cycling on both the BMX and Velodrome tracks, and explored how the centre trains and supports athletes at the top of their game. 

Wayne Russell, Head of Sport comments: “A Level PE is a fascinating subject, with students exploring topics such as why some people can run faster than others, how some people can hold their nerve in a penalty shoot-out and even how the human body can sprint 100m in under ten seconds. The trip was a great opportunity to explore how some of the world’s most elite cyclists develop their abilities and combine theory with practical activity. Students really enjoyed to experience what life is like training as an elite cyclist involves with a chance to cycle on the BMX and velodrome tracks. It was also fantastic to see the GB Paralympic team in training!”