An engineering firm in Langley Mill made the bike components used in the Olympics – and staff say they feel they played a part in the cycling team’s success.
Acorn Precision director Ian Stevensons said it was a great feeling to see the British cycling team win seven gold medals after making the metal components used to manufacter the bikes.
“It’s a fantastic feeling. Just brilliant,” he said.
“It was quite a range of the composites we did for both the track bikes and the road bikes.
“It makes us feel like we played a part in their success.”
Managing director Beverley Hazzledine echoed Mr Stevenson.
“It’s a great feeling really and lovely for the company to say that we were involved in it all.”
The mastermind behind Team GB’s cyclings, Dave Brailsford, lives in Ilkeston.
A large part of the credit for their success has been put down to his attention to detail to gain every single advantage possible. using the best equipment and coaches.
And the technological superiority of the British bikes, including the high-tech components made by Acorn, has played an important role in their achievements.
The firm, on Cromford Road Industrial Estate, is now making parts of the wheelchairs for the Paralympics, and has also been asked to make the bumpers for the one-man toboggans in the Winter Olympics.
As a result Acorn is set to re-design its website to promote the company’s recent prestigious work.
And the firm, which has been going 23 years, could be looking at an even brighter future with many new customers coming on board since the Olympics project.
In total, the British cycling team won seven gold medals, a silver and a bronze in the velodrome and in the cycling road race, Bradley Wiggins took gold and Lizzie Armitstead silver.
Metron Advanced Equipment which designed the bikes is based in Beeston.