Bicycles go F1

Brands Hatch has been asked to become a training venue for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic cycling squads.

One of 31 Kent venues to be identified by the London organising committee, Brands Hatch is now negotiating to ensure that training does not clash with the racing season.

Jonathan Palmer, the chief executive of the circuit which has staged Formula 1 World Championship races, said: "We are delighted to be recognised as a quality sporting venue by such a prestigious body as the Olympic committee and we would be delighted to be involved with the 2012 Games.

"We have recently catered for athletes from the Tour de France as they travelled through Kent and our hospitality team designed a menu which met their strict dietary and nutritional requirements, so we are experienced in looking after professional cyclists’ needs."

The London 2012 Olympic committee will distribute a guide to over 600 UK potential elite-training sporting facilities at the Beijing Olympic Games. This will give every participating country the opportunity to base themselves on the GB mainland, or in Northern Ireland, to acclimatise and prepare for the competition.

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