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Cycling legend believes record safe after day one

30 July 2002

Local hero Chris Boardman (ENG), the man whose world individual pursuit record of four minutes 11.114 seconds still stands from 1996, does not believe that it will be broken at the Manchester Commonwealth Games.

Chris Boardman

Chris Boardman

“I don’t think it’ll go because the equipment changes have seen to that. It will happen one day and it’s edging towards it, but I really think that we won’t see times better than about 4:16 or 4:18 here in Manchester,” says Boardman, whose record time was set here at the National Cycling Centre (NCC).

“Technically, I think things have gone backwards. I think the legislation was a bit daft, just change for change’s sake. It’s stabilised a bit now and the new bikes the England team lads have got are a fantastic piece of kit.”

Boardman believes the Games themselves have been a huge success: “The whole thing’s really put Manchester on the map and has been phenomenally well organised. The NCC itself is now an Olympic-standard venue.

“The area around it has come on in leaps and bounds since I used to come here. The whole place looks so much better, with houses refurbished and hanging baskets everywhere, shops cleaned up and every fence painted and patch of grass mowed”.

Although still technical adviser to the British Cycling Federation, and spending 11 days at the Games covering cycling with the host broadcasters, BBC, Boardman now spends much of his time globetrotting around the world either scuba diving himself or covering it for the leading UK magazine, Diver.

“I do lots of different things now, bits and pieces here and there, and I’m enjoying myself enormously”, says the man whose world record is still up for grabs – but in his view, not here in Manchester at the Commonwealth Games.

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