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Surrey aims to sign up teams training for major sports events

Britain’s Tour de France winner Bradley Wiggins surges to the gold medal in the time trial at the Olympics. Click image to download

National teams will use Surrey as a base for three major sporting events under plans unveiled by the county council.

The authority aims to build on the success of the Olympics by getting countries to set up training camps as they prepare for the trio of major competitions.

Next year Glasgow stages the Commonwealth Games and 2017 sees London holding the World Athletics Championships and the Paralympic World Championships.

Surrey hosted 35 teams as they prepared for the 2012 Games in London thanks to the county’s world class training facilities, such as the Surrey Sports Park and Guildford Spectrum.

Britain’s cyclists were joined by athletes from countries such as Canada, the USA and Croatia as Surrey welcomed more teams than anywhere else in the South East.

The Olympic men’s and women’s cycling road races and time trials on Surrey’s roads together with the training camps generated an estimated £44 million boost for the local economy.

In addition, more than £740m worth of Games-related contracts were won by local businesses.

Following the Games, the council teamed up with London Mayor Boris Johnson for a two-day festival of cycling in August that includes the London-Surrey 100 road ride.

Surrey County Council Cabinet Member for Community Services Helyn Clack said: “We successfully sold Surrey as a great place for Olympic teams to base themselves and we want to build on the sporting pedigree we have established.

“With Commonwealth and world events being staged over the next few years, we’ll be working hard to promote the county’s excellent facilities to teams looking for a base in the build-up and during these major competitions.”

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