More details have been revealed on an upcoming new mountain biking attraction at one of Bedworth’s larger parks.
As we reported in our newsletter, the £ 300,000 MTB Skills Zone, 1km Loop Recreational Track and ‘Learn to Ride’ Zone are part of what has been dubbed the ‘Bedworth Cycle’ Hub ”.
A new map shows where the great ‘green’ level trail and looming family skill area and a group of ‘blue’ trail options and loops will be created in the Miners Welfare Park.
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The resources will be aimed at all levels of cyclists; from families to those looking to develop their skills.
British Cycling is contributing 50% of the funding and work is due to start next month.
Councilor Julian Gutteridge, Cabinet Member for Health and Environment at Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council, said: “This is fantastic news for Bedworth and the Borough following recent improvements to the funded tennis and netball courts. through grants in the park, in conjunction with Bedworth. Sports Club – all within the framework of the realization of the larger development plan of the Miners Welfare Park. “
He added: “After Great Britain’s success so early in gold at the Tokyo Olympics in mountain biking and success in other cycling events, we aim to capitalize on the interest in this sport.
“At the same time, it will be a very fun and beginner-friendly recreational and introductory facility – with a larger ‘green’ level trail and skill area for families and a bunch of options and loops. “blue” trails in the park to allow progression for riders as their skills develop. “
Cllr Gutteridge said he hopes the investment will help feed future Olympians.
He said: “We are very grateful to British Cycling and Sport England as we know that the recent and final round of their ‘Places to Ride’ fund has been significantly oversubscribed and we are pleased that they have chosen to support these proposals and to make this investment in the borough and – you never know – potentially having invested in the development of future Olympians by first taking an interest in sport by spending a pleasant day in their local park.
Impact on the Disc Golf course
The new trail will come at a cost – to the park’s disc golf course – as it will require a course currently occupied by at least five holes.
Councilor Kyle Evans, a member of the town hall utilities cabinet, said it was a “difficult” choice for them, but they are working with the disc golf club to find a way forward.
“We appreciate the healthy recreational activity that the disc golf course has brought and brought to the park for a number of years,” said Cllr Evans.
He added: “It has been a difficult choice, but we aim to make the best use of the space we have for as many sports as possible.
“We have started conversations with Disc Golf Club and would welcome people from the sport to help us explore how we might continue to host Disc Golf in Bedworth.”
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