Cycling was Team Derby’s most successful performance sport in the 2017/2018 season and we ranked the number one university for track cycling. With a velodrome in the city and easy access to the Peak District, this is a fantastic environment for riders to develop in all disciplines.

Cycling stars

Derby Arena is the Midlands hub for track cycling and our elite team of track riders attend weekly sessions at the velodrome. With the additional support services package available, our programme is a fantastic opportunity for track cyclists to study and develop as athletes.

In 2017, our men's team won the overall men's team gold in the British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) track championships. Other successes include:

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Our cycling scholars

Daniel Cooper is studying BSc Sport Therapy and Rehabilitation and represented Great Britain as a youth and junior cyclist for four years, competing at the World Championships and European Championships in 2018 and 2019. In 2019 he became National Junior Sprint Champion.

Corinne Side is studying BSc Sport and Exercise Science. Before coming to Derby she represented Great Britain at the Junior Cup race in the Netherlands and was selected for the Junior Road Race World Championships in Austria. She was also the Junior National Hill Climb Champion and came second in the Junior Women’s National Road Series.

Corinne wearing a helmet and cycling gear standing with hands on hips.

The sports scholarship programme has helped me develop as an athlete. I've had physical, psychological and professional support which I have been able to build into my training schedule.

Corinne Side
Cycling Scholar
Dan Cooper wearing cycling gear, riding a bike.

Cycling to success: starting a degree in the pandemic

At 14 years old Daniel Cooper began to take his passion for cycling seriously. After noticing his own potential in the sport he began to train and after a couple of years, he was given an invitation to join the Great Britain Cycling Team.

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Cycling support services

Head Coach - Phil Kilpatrick

Phil Kilpatrick is our cycling performance programme head coach. With a varied background in sport, education and fitness, Phil brings a well rounded approach to support cycling athletes on their development pathway. He is a qualified road and track coach with British cycling and competes on track for Velospeed Coaching


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