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Brands Hatch hosts cyclists

PUBLISHED: 10:35 20 August 2009 | UPDATED: 10:59 23 August 2010

IT has hosted some of the biggest motorsport events in the world, but in three years, Brands Hatch could become a training venue for Olympic cyclists. The venue, near Fawkham, Longfield, has two road circuits, one a short 2km layout, and a 3.7km version

IT has hosted some of the biggest motorsport events in the world, but in three years, Brands Hatch could become a training venue for Olympic cyclists.

The venue, near Fawkham, Longfield, has two road circuits, one a short 2km layout, and a 3.7km version which was used for Formula One racing from 1964 until 1986.

The circuit, which has seen the likes of Stirling Moss, Aryton Senna and Jenson Button racing and winning at the venue, has been chosen as a training site for road cyclists before the Games.

So far, bosses say there has been some interest from international teams wanting to use the venue.

Tristan Harris, from Motorsport Vision, the company run by former F1 driver Jonathan Palmer which owns the circuit, is hopeful the track will be involved in the build-up.

He said: "We're very excited to be involved in the preparation for London 2012. Even though the games are still three years away, we have already received some enquiries."

Brands Hatch is frequently used by cycling clubs for charity events and holds an annual half marathon every February. Last Friday the circuit held Bike Around Brands 2009, organised by Swanley and north Downs Lions Club. Riders cycled round the shorter circuit to raise money for the Ellenor Lions Hospice.

In the Beijing Olympics in 2008, British cyclists Nicole Cook won a Gold medal and Emma Pooley a silver medal in the women's road cycling.

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