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Last Updated: Friday November 24 2006 18:42 GMT

David Daniell - Cycling

Cyclist David Daniell
Sport: Cycling
Born: 23-12-1989
Hometown: Middlesbrough
Achievements: Gold medallist at the European Championships in 2006, in team sprint and kilo. Also a member of the Team GB Olympic development programme.

When did you start?

David: "I used to play football, but I got into cycling around two years ago when I got scouted by a teacher.

The thing I like best about cycling is putting in all the effort in training and then you feel the benefit when you start racing.

It's good fun. With all the pressure that you get at races and competitions and excitement and little nerves that you get in your belly beforehand."

What's your training like?

David: "All my races are indoors, but I live so far away from the track that I train outdoors and in the gym.

I normally train around six days a week and we have a rest day which is like a recovery day.

I really enjoy doing the gym work because it strengthens up my body."

How is your cycling going?

David: "I got onto the Olympic development programme and have done well at cycling since. I'm hoping to win a gold medal at the 2012 Olympic Games in London."

What's your advice for new cyclists?

David: "The best tip to give potential cyclists is just to dig in and the more put in the more you get out."

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