Work has begun on a sports development based at the University of Leeds that it is hoped will become a training headquarters for Britain's triathletes.
The £5m project includes a 1.6km outdoor cycling circuit as well as a refurbished sports pavilion and will be located on the University's Bodington playing fields in north Leeds. It's anticipated that the circuit will be ready by early next year and will be available for students, staff and the wider community for recreational purposes as well as coaching and competitions.
The newly refurbished pavilion will create a home for British Triathlon's world leading Leeds Triathlon Centre, and will enable athletes to undergo conditioning training, physiotherapy and other support services.
The scheme fits in with the University's sports and physical activity strategy and have been developed alongside British Cycling, British Triathlon, UK Sport and Leeds City Council.
Funding for the project has come from Sport England, British Cycling and UK Sport, who will contribute £1m to the development, the remaining funding will be provided by the University.
According to the University's Assistant Head of Sport, Patrick Craig, the facilities "will ensure cyclists of all ability in Yorkshire and across the north of England have some of the best facilities in the UK available close to home."