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Recycling charity Emerge is selling off National Cycling Centre's original boards as track is relaid ...

Chris Boardman and Alex Dowsett set the UCI Hour Record there, while Team GB and Paralympic GB cyclists trained at the venue ahead of dominating the track events at Beijing, London and Rio.

It’s hosted the Commonwealth Games, track world championships and world cups, among other events.

Now, fans – as well as cyclists who have ridden the famous boards at the National Cycling Centre in Manchester – have a chance to own “a piece of cycling history” as the original ones go up for sale through a recycling charity, with a new track being laid a quarter of a century after the venue opened in 1994.

British Cycling – which is keeping the start and finish line – has donated the planks of Siberian spruce to the recycling charity Emerge.

Emerge director Lucy Danger told BBC News: "There's been a lot of interest from people who are into cycling, cycling groups and so on, since the word got out there," she added.

"We've had people coming down saying they want to make a boardroom table, we've had someone say they're going to make a load of trophies from it for the British Cycling Federation.

"It's been an amazing project to be part of and to help people get their own piece of history."

To find out more and to order, telephone Emerge during office hours, Monday to Friday on 0161 223 8200.

Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.