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“Own a piece of cycling history” – Manchester velodrome track up for sale

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.

Simon has been news editor at since 2009, reporting on 10 editions and counting of pro cycling’s biggest races such as the Tour de France, stories on issues including infrastructure and campaigning, and interviewing some of the biggest names in cycling. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, his background has proved invaluable in reporting on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, and the bike industry. He splits his time between London and Cambridge, and loves taking his miniature schnauzer Elodie on adventures in the basket of her Elephant Bike.

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