IS he or isn’t he coming? Jason Queally, that is. The London Development Agency got their wires crossed on the eve of the grand opening of the Redbridge Cycle Circuit in Hainault tomorrow, the first Olympic legacy venue of the 2012 Games.
In a flurry of emails and telephone calls, first of all Queally, the 2000 Olympic champion was coming, then he couldn’t make it, now he can.
That’s the last message. Queally will be there.
Fingers crossed that Jason, a fine ambassador for British cycling, joins
Mayor of London Boris Johnson and Commissioner for Sport Kate Hoey, plus senior figures from the London Development Agency, British Cycling and partners, will attend the opening ceremony at 10am.
The two kilometre road circuit and mtb trails have been built to accommodate users of the Eastway Cycle Circuit now demolished to make way for the Olympic Park in Hackney.
A programme of races for youth and senior categories has been organised by British Cycling Eastern Region.
Visitors will also have the opportunity to ride the circuit and bicycles will be available to use.
The timing of the opening couldn?t be better, following the Beijing gold and silver medal successes of Nicole Cooke Emma Pooley respectively and the gold rush on the track since, as the British team sweep all before them.
Entrance to the Redbridge Cycling Centre is from Forest Road, Hainault, Ilford, IG6 3HN.