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From novice to women’s track cycling champion in 10 months

From novice to women's track cycling champion in 10 months

Having first tried track cycling only last year Kate Samways is now championing more and more women to take to Derby Arena’s boards… After three sold-out women’s track sessions at Derby Arena, organiser Kate Samways tells the secret of her success, why she’s so passionate about getting women onto the boards – and why the men now want in, too.

Today was the third women’s track session at Derby Arena, giving women the opportunity to try out track cycling in an all-female environment and, as before, the 50-odd tickets were all gone in a matter of days, with attendees coming from as far afield as Oxfordshire. Two further sessions will be held in March and April (see below).

Samways tells about her own wobbly start in track cycling, why she wants to get more women involved, and how having a supportive environment has made all the difference to those who are new to the sport.

When Derby’s new velodrome opened last year, Samways was keen to have a go. She says: “I got to go for the first time fairly soon after the Derby Arena had opened last March but I lost my confidence a bit.”

Although she loved the […]

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