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'World Congress of Cycling Science’ to be held at Leeds Metropolitan University ahead of Tour de France

The University of Kent is to hold a two day residential conference titled the ‘World Congress of Cycling Science 2014’ at Leeds Metropolitan University on 2 and 3 July, ahead of the Tour de France Grand Départ from Leeds on Saturday 5 July. The event will be followed by Leeds Metropolitan University’s ‘A Celebration of British Cycling’ – a day of Tour de France themed talks and events, including a question and answer session with past Tour de France riders.

Organised by leading sport scientists at the University of Kent and endorsed by the Union Cycliste International (UCI), the ‘World Congress of Cycling Science 2014’ will include an exhibition at the Rose Bowl, a gala dinner, and a public symposium, which will give the general public an opportunity to put their quesjtions to experts about the science behind the Tour de France. Overnight accommodation at Kirkstall Brewery will be provided for 60 delegates, with 250 attending in total.

Kate Davis, Head of Business Development at Leeds Metropolitan University commented: “We are delighted that the University of Kent has chosen to work with Well Met Conferencing on its’ the second world congress on cycling science. Our wide range of venues meant that we were able to cater for their diverse requirements – from exhibition space, through to large lecture theatres, meeting rooms and accommodation.”  

Dr. James Hopker, Senior Lecturer at the School of Sport and Exercise Science at the University of Kent, and Conference Organiser commented:

“We were really impressed by the world class facilities at Leeds Metropolitan University, as well as the friendliness and efficient service provided by the team at Well Met. We’re looking forward to being in Leeds ahead of the Grand Départ and soaking up some of Le Tour’s incredible atmosphere!”

Leeds Metropolitan University’s ‘Celebration of British Cycling’ will take place at The Rose Bowl, from 9.30am – 5pm on Friday 4 July, with a drinks reception in the evening, and the official launch of the ‘Carnegie Performance Cycling Centre’ taking place that night.

Leeds Metropolitan University is the first University venue to achieve the Gold Accredited in Meetings status awarded by the Meetings Industry Association, Well Met Conferencing is one of the most distinctive conference sites in the UK.  Providing a portfolio of award-winning urban and parkland venues including The Rose Bowl, Carnegie Village, Cloth Hall Court, The Great Hall and Queenswood, these venues collectively provide the perfect destination for conferences, meetings and exhibitions, product launches, dinners, filming, corporate away days and team building events. 

Leeds Metropolitan is also the only university in the UK to hold both the Customer Service Excellence accreditation and Investors in People (Gold). It was also recently awarded the RoSPA Gold Medal for Occupational Safety and Health in recognition of achieving five consecutive gold awards.

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