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.

Team Derby Performance Cycling

Team Derby Cycling utilises world-class facilities such as Derby Arena and within 20 miles of the peak district. Derby City's velodrome is the Midlands hub for track cycling and our elite team of track riders attend weekly sessions. These facilities are a great outlet for student-athletes in all disciplines (Track, mountain biking and road). With the additional support service package available. Our programme is a fantastic opportunity for cyclists to study and develop as athletes. Team Derby Cycling represents the university at a number of BUCS competitions including Track Cycling, Team Time Trial, 10 mile and 25 mile time trails alongside the road race. 

Programme Outline

Head Coach: Bryan Steel

Bryan Steel competed as an athlete at four Olympic games (1992, 1996, 2000 & 2004) winning a bronze medal at the 2000 Sydney and silver at the 2004 Athens Games in the team pursuit event for Team GB. He also competed in 14 World championships winning five medals along with three Commonwealth medals. Bryan has played a significant role in the development of cycling in the East Midlands through his coaching and mentoring work since 2012 when he became a coach and started his cycling academy in 2015. 

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Recent Achievements:

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.

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Cycling Scholar Alumni
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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