Velodrome could be named after Olympic hero

Mayor of Erewash Cllr Jennifer Hulls presents Dave Brailsford with the Freedom of the Borough of Erewash.
Mayor of Erewash Cllr Jennifer Hulls presents Dave Brailsford with the Freedom of the Borough of Erewash.
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Hot on the heels of his knighthood last week, Ilkeston’s own Olympic hero could be in line for another honour.

Derby’s new velodrome could be named after Team GB coach Dave Brailsford, who oversaw eight gold medals in cycling last summer.

Derby city councillor for culture and leisure Martin Repton has said that the 48-year-old Cotmanhay resident’s name is ‘one of a number of possibilities’ for the £27.5m velodrome.

Work started on the facility at Pride Park in November.

When complete in 18 to 24 months’ time, it is expected to house a 250m cycling track with room for 5,000 spectators, a 12-court sports hall and a gym.

As well as cycling, sports fans will be able to play badminton, netball and basketball – and even watch concerts.

Leader of Erewash Borough Council, Cllr Chris Corbett, who presented Mr Braislford with the Freedom of the Borough last month, said naming the velodrome after him was ‘a great idea’.

“Well why not? I would support that,” he said.

“We are very proud of him in Erewash and Ilkeston as they are in Derby.

“I think he’s well worth the honour.”

Dad-of-two Dave, has lived in Ilkeston for many years but was born in Derby and grew up in North Wales.

Receiving a knighthood alongside him in this year’s New Year Honours was Olympic gold medal winner Bradley Wiggins, who became the first Brit to win the Tour de France last summer.

Speaking to the Advertiser after receiving his Freedom honour, Dave said that one of his highlights of his incredible year was when Wiggins and other riders raced through Ilkeston during the Tour of Britain in September.