It is my pleasure to welcome you to the City of Derby and to Moorways Stadium for the British Cycling’s National Cyclo-cross Championships 2011.
Cyclo-cross has seen a huge increase in participation and popularity in the UK, and Derby is privileged to host what hopefully will be the best Cyclo-cross event the UK this season.
I know that many of you have travelled from all over the country to attend this event and for some of you it may be the only chance you get to see what we are doing in Derby, so I will give a brief overview.
The Westfield Shopping Centre and QUAD are always worth a visit. The Cathedral Quarter Business Improvement Scheme is progressing well, with the arrival of major stores in this part of the city.
The £300 million Derby City Hospital, re-named “The Royal Derby” was officially opened by Her Majesty the Queen last year and the new Roundhouse building – Derby College’s Campus on Pride Park was also opened in 2010 by HRH the Princess Royal, which is an honour for the city of Derby. It is a very impressive building with some excellent architecture and accommodates those from Derby and afar in their future education.
I believe you have a lot to look forward to over the next couple of days, with a three kilometre off road cycle race on traditional bikes with added special features and activities for the youngsters on Sunday.
I hope you all enjoy the events set to take place, and have a wonderful time here in Derby.
Councillor Amar Nath
Mayor of Derby