Laura Kenny says she would like to see more cycling lanes in Cheshire - but feels the cycling provision is improving in the county.
The decorated athlete made an appearance at Marton and District Primary School on Wednesday (October 22) and spoke to CheshireLive exclusively about cycling in her home county.
The 29-year-old Chelford resident, who is Great Britain's most successful female athlete of all time, feels that it is the 'best of both worlds' in terms of training routes in Cheshire but also said 'it could be better' with regard to cycle lanes.
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She said: "It's the best of both worlds living in Chelford because you can even go flats and go towards Tatton Park and go round on the lanes or you can go up into the peaks within like half an hour.
"For me to ride to Macclesfield it takes me about half an hour and then I can go straight up the Cat and Fiddle and then round into the hills, so I really do feel like it's the best of both worlds.
"For me the lanes are so quiet. I know the traffic has been worse since lockdown which you appreciate there is more bike riders on the roads these days - I'm a cyclist so I'm happy you see more and more bikes - but I think in general the roads are a lot more quiet and so it just makes for really nice riding.
"I can go for three or four hours and I'll just be lost in the lanes, I really enjoy that.
"I would obviously like to see more cycle lanes, I was a little bit gutted that the new Congleton bypass bike lane ends just before Eaton and I just think they've got a little park in Eaton, I would have loved to see them extend that bike path to the park.
"That opens it up for the children but I know they're making a big effort and they did the path round Wilmslow.
"They had the road closed for ages and I was wondering what they were doing but when I got back they had redone the whole bike path going to Wilmslow and I thought 'wow that's amazing' because they didn't have to do that.
"I think it's improving but I would always say it could be better."
At the Tokyo 2020 Olympic games, the Chelford-based cyclist won a gold and silver medal, making her the first female Olympian to win gold at three successive games.
Laura also became the most successful British female Olympian of all time and her husband, Jason Kenny, also became the most successful male Olympian ever.
Source : https://www.cheshire-live.co.uk/news/chester-cheshire-news/what-five-time-olympic-gold-21656272617