Cycling legend Chris Boardman speaks at Preston’s university

Posted on - 24th June, 2016 - 12:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Preston News, UCLan, University campus, What's On in Preston
Chris Boardman on his visit to UCLan

Chris Boardman on his visit to UCLan

Cycling fanatics had the chance to hear from a legend of the sport during a Preston question and answer session.


Chris Boardman, who on gold at the 1992 Barcelona and kick-started the run of cycling success our country has seen, visited the University of Central Lancashire.

He was interviewed by BBC Radio Lancashire’s John Gillmore about his new book Triumphs and Turbulence.

The event covered his setting of world records, many of which still stand, and how he led the research and development for GB Cycling in the run up to the Beijing Olympics.

John Gillmore interviewing Chris Boardman

John Gillmore interviewing Chris Boardman

Hundreds of cycling enthusiasts attended the event and had a chance to meet Chris and ask him questions.

Lee Spoor, a triathlete and member of local club Tri Preston, said: “Chris was quick-witted, funny and interesting all at the same time and a nice guy to boot. He has also mastered his impression of German cyclist Jens Voigt which was delivered to perfection. It was definitely a worthwhile evening.”

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The event was organised as a fringe event for the upcoming Lancashire Science Festival.

Head of the school of Sport and Wellbeing Dr Adrian Ibbetson said: “We are delighted to welcome Chris to UCLan to share stories of his outstanding career with the people of Preston.

“It was fascinating to learn more about one of the most well-known figures in British cycling history.”

Did you go along to hear from Chris Boardman? What did you think? Let us know in the comments below

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