In the summer of 2016, the elite British Cycling athletes who were part of the Team GB and Paralympics GB track cycling teams descended on Wales National Velodrome to take part in their holding camps ahead of the Rio Olympic and Paralympic Games. 

Hundreds of visitors to the Velodrome were lucky enough to witness the riders in practice, as well as gain a fascinating insight into what makes a successful team; as well as on the track, behind the scenes staff including coaches, doctors, analysts and mechanics were all on hand to ensure the riders got the most out of their time on track. 

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Pictured: Team GB's men's pursuit team in training - before they went to Rio and won gold! 

We saw records unofficially smashed in practice, before the teams headed off to Rio to achieve their most successful games yet. Every single member of the Team GB Track Cycling Olympic team won a medal, with Laura Trott becoming Team GB's most successful female olympian, having won four gold medals in just two Olympic games, and Jason Kenny becoming the joint most successful male olympian with six gold medals, alongside Sir Chris Hoy. 

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Pictured: Kadeena Cox on track in Newport before making history in Rio

Soon after the Team GB olympians left us for Rio, we were joined by the Paralympics GB team, who also showed huge promise ahead of the 2016 games. More records fell and medals were won; in the case of Kadeena Cox, two golds and a bronze in two different sports!

Many of the Paralympics GB athletes came to chat to the crowds, signing autographs and answering questions about their sport and their training regimes. 

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Pictured: Gold medal winner Jon-Allen Butterworth with the Newport Live Sport & Art Camp team and some of the young participants!

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Have you been inspired by Team GB and Paralympics GB? Come and try the track for yourself! You can book a taster, or find out more about different classes and sessions here. Find out more about all of the British Cycling team here