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GB cycling and basketball take number of training camps to 16

Great Britain’s cycling and basketball teams have chosen to train and stay in Surrey to prepare for the 2012 Olympic Games.

Their decisions mean 16 Olympic and Paralympic teams have now signed up to use the county’s world class training facilities, out of a total of 30 teams across the entire South East.

Fabian Cancellara (left) with training mates at Box Hill in Surrey. Download this photo here.

And with the deadline for teams to apply for a training grant of up to £25,000 from LOCOG being extended by a month until the end of February, other teams have been invited to see Surrey’s unrivalled facilities.

Great Britain’s cycling world road race champion Mark Cavendish (pictured below) will be among the top stars training on Surrey’s roads as he prepares to add an Olympic gold to his medal collection.

This month, current Olympic time trial champion Fabian Cancellara (pictured right), from Switzerland, rode along the 2012 time trial route during a flying visit to Surrey.

He passed through areas including Thames Ditton, West Molesey, Cobham and Esher, among others. The champ also took in key Surrey sections of the Olympic road race route including Box Hill, near Dorking.

Denise Saliagopoulos, Surrey County Council’s Cabinet Member for Community Services and the 2012 Games, said: “These athletes demand world class training facilities and superb accommodation to ensure they are at their physical and mental peak for the 2012 Games. With this in mind, it is no surprise so many teams have chosen Surrey as their base.

“The deadline for teams to obtain up to £25,000 from LOCOG as a training grant has been extended until the end of February. We’d be delighted to speak to Olympic and Paralympic nations and show them the superb facilities Surrey has to offer to help prepare their athletes for London 2012.”

Athletes from Canada, Croatia, Dominica and Singapore have already trained in Surrey at venues including Surrey Sports Park and Guildford Spectrum.

Denise Saliagopoulos with Mark Cavendish

The full list of teams* signed up to train in Surrey is as follows:

Great Britain cycling
Great Britain basketball (women)
USA cycling
Canada cycling
Australia cycling
China tennis
Nigeria Olympic and Paralympic teams
Singapore
Croatia Paralympics
Dominica
Antigua and Barbuda
Cayman Islands
Estonia

* Three teams cannot be named as they have asked for their training programmes to remain confidential.

ENDS

For more information, journalists can contact Surrey County Council senior media relations officer James Oxley at james.oxley@surreycc.gov.uk

Notes to editors

Each national Olympic and Paralympic Committee can obtain a grant of up to £25,000 from LOCOG to spend on their training that will benefit the local economy if they choose Surrey.

LOCOG is the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games.

The exact locations of training camps within Surrey cannot be revealed for security reasons.

To find out more about Surrey’s involvement in the Olympic and Paralympic Games visit www.gosurrey.info

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