Team GB exercise bikes to help city on the road to fitness
FITNESS fanatics in Derby will be able to exercise on the same static bikes used by British athletes during last summer's Olympics.
The city council has bought nine of the bikes, which will be housed at Queen's Leisure Centre.
The authority was offered the chance to buy the machines from the Olympic Village for £8,000 – about half their value. Now they will be used in the leisure centre's new bike classes.
Councillor Martin Repton, cabinet member for leisure and culture, said people had long been interested in spin bikes being introduced at Queen's.
He said: "When the opportunity arose to purchase the Olympic bikes at a huge discount of 50% we couldn't say no. As the bikes are ex-Olympic Village, this links us to the Games' legacy of improving wellbeing across the country and not just the city of London.
"Our leisure strategy aims to provide residents with new and modern facilities to be proud of, which in turn will put Derby on the sporting map."
The bikes came from the Olympic judo venue and were used by the Team GB team, including silver medallist Gemma Gibbons.
Derby has also received 10 50-metre swimming lane ropes, worth £15,000, free from the Olympic Aquatics Centre. These will be used at the city's new Olympic-sized swimming pool which is currently being designed for the Riverlights Complex.