Brownlees to launch new tri centre in Leeds
Tomorrow (February 28) Alistair and Jonny Brownlee are to open The Brownlee Centre, a new £5m University of Leeds sports facility.
The Brownlee Centre sits alongside a new 1 mile (1.6km) cycle circuit – one of the longest in the country – at the University’s Bodington Playing Fields in north Leeds.
It will also be a new National Elite Training Centre for Triathlon. The UK’s first purpose-built triathlon training base, it will combine a strength and conditioning training suite, physiotherapy, medical and other support services, to provide world-class facilities to enhance triathlon training in the region.
Alistair said: “This day marks a great day for cycling in Yorkshire. The start of the Tour de Yorkshire builds on a fantastic legacy and, thanks to these new facilities, Leeds continues to be a real centre for excellence when it comes to cycling and triathlon.”
Jonny added: “A big thanks to the University and all of the supporters, because this centre and circuit will inspire everyone, from beginners through to elite athletes.”
The facilities, open to sports enthusiasts of all ages and abilities, will be available to use from next Tuesday [2 May] and include changing rooms and a café.
The cycle circuit has a full programme of activity including ‘pay and pedal’, HSBC UK Breeze Rides for women and girls and special training sessions for elite athletes, University and local clubs. Bikes for children and adults are available to hire, along with hand cycles, trikes and tandems for use by riders with disabilities.
Partnership funding from British Cycling, British Triathlon and others contributed £1million to the project, with the remaining funding provided by the University of Leeds.