Derby Arena - Member Spotlight
Wed 26 Sep 2018
Mark and Mel Dobbins on why they love Derby Arena
Being part of the Derby Arena community has genuinely changed our lives. We have both lost weight, increased our fitness, and our confidence, along with making loads of new friends.
We both use the gym regularly, participate in Wattbike classes and, as we both achieved accreditation at the Arena, we also attend a variety of SQT sessions. Both of us have learned to ride the tandem and Mark regularly acts as a tandem pilot on the Para Cycling sessions, along with volunteering at cycling events.
We have both joined LVRC and race regularly in their Track League. We also take part in the Derny events and the LVRC Track Championships. As a result of my training at Derby Arena I took part in the World Masters Track Championships in 2016, I competed in the European Masters Championships in France in 2017, and I competed in the last three National Masters Track Championships and even won two golds this year.
Mark and I wanted to ride the track at Derby Arena as soon as it opened even though we weren’t regular bike riders, and didn’t even own a bike. There was a lot to learn but we have loved every session and we still continue to learn.