With the Olympic legacy being denigrated by the cuts to sports funding nationwide, there is at least some good news still coming from Manchester’s National Cycling Centre (NCC). Manchester City Council is building an unrestricted, free-to-access 10.5km mountain bike trail network within Clayton Vale Local Nature Reserve. The trail will also include a skills area and a pump track within Philips Park plus two wash-down areas within the car park of the NCC – where the trail starts and ends. Built to cater to all skill levels, from novices to experienced mountain bike riders, there will also be 1.5km, fully accessible trail suitable for off-road wheelchairs. If the ‘lympics taught us anything it is that we are really good at cycling, so get out there (from late May) and take part in what should be our national past-time.

Opening late May, National Cycling Centre, Stuart Street, M11 4DQ, Tel: 0161 223 2244 (option 3), FREE, nationalcyclingcentre.com

John Stansfield
Published on:
Thu 18 Apr 2013