On Sunday 16 July, former British Champion and Wattbike Ambassador, Dean Downing, made the long seven minute trip across town from his home to the Rotherham Leisure Complex to officially open the newest Wattbike cycling zone.
Dean was not only greeted by members and non-members who had come for the opening, he was also met with a massive Wattbike ‘W’ logo that took over a large section of the building. Big enough to be seen from the adjacent road, it was clear he was in the right place.
It wasn’t just the outside either. Places for People, who run the Leisure Complex, fully embraced the Wattbike concept from the start, and it was evident from the huge logos and branding on the large walls, windows and even the floor.
Catching his breath from the crosstown journey, Dean gathered himself to cut the ribbon on the new zone and proclaim the Wattbike Cycling Zone open.
With the zone open and the eight new Wattbike seats filled, Dean started on his first of four Master Class sessions where he explained the Polar View and the benefits of training with power.
Throughout the four sessions Dean spoke to people at every level of cycling. From seasoned triathlon competitors to some that had never even sat on a Wattbike, and every one of them learned something from the former cycling champ.
Mark Rawding, Places for People Leisure Contract Manager, said, “Rotherham has a very strong cycling fraternity so giving cyclist’s somewhere to train on a high-tech bike was an easy decision.
“Having this zone also fits in well with our pool and gym to give all our customers a better all-round fitness experience at every level.”
Dean’s Master Classes proved that cycling and fitness enthusiasts have a hunger for something more than their usual spin bike class. With a fully immersive cycling experience, Rotherham Leisure Complex is sure to be a hit with the community.