Four years of planning, six months of construction, and with the Tour De France approaching, the timing’s perfect to celebrate the opening of a school’s brand new cycle circuit.
Brooksbank School’s £650,000 circuit at Hammerstones Road close to the school is now open for business and president of British Cycling Bob Howden was on hand to see young people using the 850 metre track on the The aim is it will not just benefit cyclists at Brooksbank but also the whole community, promising safer cycling for cyclists of all ages, from newcomers to the sport to experienced riders, who can use it to improve health and fitness, train and also develop their ability.
For Mr Mark Ragan, director of community sport at Brooksbank, it is a dream come true. “Wow, what an amazing asset! I am really looking forward to seeing the track being used constantly by old and young cyclists alike. This is a great time for cycling – the sport is flourishing generally and we are all looking forward to the Tour de France passing through,” he said.
Brooksbank is working with Pedalsport CC and clubs across West Yorkshire on a plan to introduce hundreds of new cyclists to the sport. A full programme of coaching and fitness training linked with local colleges and health professionals will allow everyone an opportunity to come along and join in.
British cycling coach, Chris Young, said: “British Cycling coaches will be there to improve the standard of all riders from beginners to racers everyone will benefit from the experience.”
In the week leading up to the Tour coming to Yorkshire, and Calderdale, for the first time the new track hosts a Calderdale Cycle Sport Finals Week between July 2 to 5 - open to all boys and girls from the ages of eight to 15. All riders must bring their bike and helmet to race. On Wednesday, July 2, and Friday, July 4, from 3.30pm to 5.30pm, Go Race open qualifiers take place, with the Super Cycling Saturday grand finals for qualifying riders from the previous sessions from 9am to 11.30am.
To get involved or book a group session at the circuit, call 01422 372214. A cycling summer school for children aged eight to 15 is being run there by British cycling on July 28 to August 1. More details at www.britishcycling.org.uk