East London is to get some new mountain bike trails as part of the Olympic Games legacy, Lee Valley Regional Park Authority has announced.East London is to get some new mountain bike trails as part of the Olympic legacy
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The new trails, which are in addition to the previously-announced facility at Hadleigh Farm, will be part of the Lee Valley Velopark, centred around the Olympic velodrome.
The Velopark will provide a venue for BMX, road racing and mountain biking as well as track cycling.
Lee Valley Park chief executive Shaun Dawson says that the aim is to create “possibly the best cycling hub anywhere in the world.”
The plan is for the park to open in January 2014, though full details are still to be finalised.
“Much of it is dependent on the progress of transformation works carried out by London Legacy Development Corporation on the Olympic Park,” says Dawson .
“However, we envisage the trail to be around 7km and designed entirely from the rider’s perspective.”
Dawson says the idea is to combine a trail centre feel with the excitement of London mountain biking. The trails will run around the Velodrome and BMX circuit and across the A12 to the Eton Manor area of Olympic Park.
“The circuit will give riders the opportunity to enjoy the many aspects of mountain biking and let them build their skills before venturing into more hilly terrain,” says Dawson.