Icons of cycling: Leicester Velodrome

We look back at a track that played a big part in British cycling history

Photo: Bernard Thompson for Cycling Weekly

Photo: Bernard Thompson for Cycling Weekly

Leicester track was awkward, anachronistic and open to the vagaries of the weather. But it was loved by riders — many of whom started their track cycling careers racing here and went on to Olympic glory.

Built in 1968 to host the track events of the 1970 World Championships, the 3,100-seater venue was afterwards run as part of the Saffron Lane Sports Centre.

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Chris Sidwells
Freelance Journalist & Author

Chris has written thousands of articles for magazines, newspapers and websites throughout the world. He’s written 25 books about all aspects of cycling in multiple editions and translations into at least 25

different languages. He’s currently building his own publishing business with Cycling Legends Books, Cycling Legends Events, cyclinglegends.co.uk, and the Cycling Legends Podcast