British Cycling left with a major headache after the National Cycling Centre suffers a roof leak just one MONTH after reopening following a £27million refurbishment

  • Over £1m was spent on the roof during the velodrome’s two-year renovation 
  • Manchester City Council confirmed a leak that they look to resolve ‘urgently’ 
  • British Cycling has stressed that the damage will not disrupt Paris 2024 prep 

British Cycling’s main velodrome has embarrassingly suffered a roof leak just a month after it reopened following a £27million refurbishment.

The National Cycling Centre in Manchester closed for renovation in the summer of 2021 after a report warned the building could develop ‘catastrophic’ failures.

Sport England, central and local government footed the bill of the ‘essential’ repair work, with more than £1m going on fixing the roof.

However, water stains have been spotted on the track this week, with Manchester City Council confirming there has been a leak which they are looking to resolve urgently.

Luthfur Rahman, the council’s deputy leader, told Mail Sport: ‘We are aware of this issue and will be taking quick action to ensure that it is repaired.

The National Cycling Centre in Manchester has suffered a leak just a month after its reopening (file photograph)

‘Over the course of the £27m refurbishment of the velodrome, roof repairs were identified and carried out, however additional issues have been identified and will be rectified as a matter of priority.’

British Cycling insist the issue has not affected the preparation of their riders ahead of next summer’s Olympics in Paris. They returned to training in Manchester in December 2022 having relocated to Derby, while the site was reopened to the public last month.

The National Cycling Centre is currently hosting the UCI Masters Track World Championships.