HEREFORD’S new closed road traffic-free cycle track was officially opened by British Cycling and Sport England cycling ambassador, Chris Boardman MBE at the end of September.
The world record holder (track and road) and Olympic gold medallist said the new track would “enable the next generation of cyclists” as it brings the benefits and joy of cycling to more people in the city and county than ever as a result.
The 1km, 4m-wide track – one of only 50 specific closed-road circuits in the UK – is situated at Halo’s Leisure Centre in the city and gives cyclists of all ages and abilities the chance to learn to ride, train at every level, and enjoy their sport without having to negotiate busy roads.
Representing Sport England and British Cycling, Chris Boardman said: “What an amazing facility this is. This excellent cycle track, based in the beautiful city of Hereford, will enable the next generation of cyclists, regardless of age or background, to enjoy the sport I love so much.
“I’ve no doubts that this track will help break down barriers to participants, especially for those that haven’t yet enjoyed the benefits of cycling. It will bring people together, connect communities and in doing so, ensure many more people can enjoy the mental and physical health benefits of two wheeled travel.”
He was joined at the special event at Halo Leisure’s new facility by Jon Dutton OBE British Cycling CEO, the RT Hon Jesse Norman MP – Minister of State in the Department for Transport with responsibility for active travel including cycling along with other guests, funders and partners. The track is only possible thanks to generous funding support from: Herefordshire Council, Hereford City Council, Stronger Hereford, British Cycling, Sport England and UK Government Levelling Up Fund and Halo Leisure.
You can find out more at https://haloleisure.org.uk/herefordcycletrack
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