The new £24million BMX Centre was celebrated at a special event in Manchester today.
The venue, based at the National Cycling Centre and adjacent to the world-famous Manchester Velodrome, will now welcome the world’s best riders and form part of a training centre in the run up to the Olympic Games. It will also host major BMX events throughout the sporting calendar and is also set to be one of the best BMX training facilities in the world.
It has been emphasised however, that the centre will not just be for elite riders – the city’s school children will also have access, as will local cyclists who want to enjoy ‘pay and ride’ sessions on the evenings and weekends.
British Cycling’s President, Brian Cookson said: “The BMX Arena is a superb training facility which will help Britain’s elite riders in their preparations for London 2012 and Rio 2016. This is the only sports venue in Britain which has been built as a direct result of our country’s successful bid to host the Games, but which is not being used to stage an Olympic event. Instead, it will benefit this city and its people for generations to come.”