Team GB's dominance in the Olympic cycling events was consolidated yesterday with Victoria Pendleton's women's sprint victory and Chris Hoy's third gold medal of the Games (fourth of his career) closely followed by team mate Jason Kenny with the silver in the men's sprint. Come the victory parade in October, there will be an impressive retinue of medal holders from the cycling contingent and we're holding out for more to join their ranks following the BMX events today and Mountain Biking still to come.
What better wave of elation for the brand new cycling centre at Redbridge to ride as it opens to the public today? Boris was there for the official red tape cutting yesterday and was quick to claim this as the "summer of cycling" which happily coincides with the launch of TFL's new cycling web pages, as part of the Mayor's efforts to inspire Londoners to get on their bikes.
Redbridge Cycling Centre replaces the Eastway Cycle Circuit which is being turned into the 2012 Velopark. Post-Games the Velopark will be returned to community use as part of the Lee Valley VeloPark, meaning London will have 2 top class cycling centres and, let's hope, a lasting legacy and dominance in this surprisingly gripping and entertaining sport.
Planning permission for the revised VeloPark and Handball Arena are due to be submitted for approval in September.