To the club BMXers, our Friday night session will run from 5-7pm week commencing 31st October due to the parks winter closing times.
Please see the attached link from last weeks coaching session. Hopefully this will continue this week with medals given out for the winners in a couple of weeks time.
The man behind a huge cycle park has grand ambitions to transform a disused power station into a similarly state-of-the-art sports facility.
Littlebrook Power Station in Manor Way, Dartford, closed last year after providing energy for almost four decades, but the iconic buildings have yet to be demolished.
Now Tony Mack, who built Cyclopark in Gravesend, wants to see them used to provide the community with a velodrome, bike tracks, indoor football and hockey pitches, a skateboard park, running tracks and more.
He has written to sports minister Tracey Crouch, Kent County Council, Dartford council and Sport England in a bid to drum up support, but is keen for others to hear his plans.
“The power station is being decommissioned and demolished, but at the moment the buildings are still standing and the site has not yet been brought to the market,” said Mr Mack, of Longfield Avenue in Longfield.
“The cavernous buildings could house a range of indoor facilities and the opportunities for a heritage and cultural centre are also dazzling. I would also like to save the chimney because it is an iconic landmark.
“You could have an observation platform overlooking Kent, Essex and London, or perhaps a zip wire attraction could be incorporated. This is a once in a millennium chance to create a unique facility unmatched in Europe.”
Mr Mack believes the station’s links to nearby motorways, airports and train stations makes it an excellent location for attracting visitors from beyond Dartford.
He has called on the site’s owner, RWE, to get involved in the development rather than go ahead with selling it off.
“This is a once in a millennium chance to create a unique facility unmatched in Europe…” – Tony Mack
He said: “Finance is a major problem in these austere times but perhaps RWE could be persuaded to cooperate by granting time needed to complete a feasibility study — maybe individual facilities could be sponsored to help costs. If successful, the rewards could be absolutely spectacular, unrivalled, and create a wonderful community.”
The power station was most recently used to stage the largest emergency training exercise ever held in Europe — the simulation of a building collapse near London Waterloo.
More than 4,000 people took part over four days in early March, with 1,000 casualties, thousands of tonnes of rubble, seven tube carriages and hundreds of emergency service responders.
Cyclopark, meanwhile, has been a huge success since opening in May 2012 and is Europe’s largest cycle park. The £8 million venue, south of Gravesend alongside the A2,
also boasts facilities for runners and skateboarders.
A cycling event for the whole family
Where is it?
Cyclopark’s Cyclopsycho Sportive is a challenging cycle ride, organised by Cyclopark. Our 28 mile route makes it possible for the whole family to take part.
Why ride it?
There’s a choice of three routes: 88 mile route, 67 mile route and a 28 mile route. All routes start with a lap of the cyclopark road circuit and then head straight out into the amazing Kent country side.
We welcome Individuals, groups and cycling clubs.
The Long Route
Starting and finishing at Cyclopark in Kent, the long route sportive takes in some of the most feared and steepest climbs Kent has to offer, and with 13 categorised climbs and over 7,500 feet of climbing, this sportive is a real test of skill and nerve
How to enter
Price Adults £20, Children £7
Early Bird Tickets on sale until 30 August
This event is being held on Saturday 8th October for Go-Ride clubs who promoted a round of the County Go-Ride Racing Leagues in 2016 only. The event is FREE.
Clubs are invited to bring a Maximum of 12 riders, who must be ALL NOVICES (less than a year racing at Regional Events).
Races will be: Skills Relay, Individual T.T, Mass Start, Sprint Eliminators / Devils.
Courses will use a mixture of Road and Off road, so Mountainbikes or Cyclo-Cross bikes are ideal. Road bikes will not be suitable.
Race points will be tallied up per club, and trophies awarded for each of the top 3 clubs. All Riders will get a British Cycling Goody Bag.
Running the event on the Day will be three of our National Youth Forum volunteers, supported by British Cycling Staff. We will also ask each club to provide one coach / volunteer to help with the on the day volunteer roles. this is an excellent opportunity for other Young Volunteers to work on a big event to gain experience.
Sign on From 13:00.
Racing from 13:30.
Prize Presentation 16:45.
Read more at https://www.britishcycling.org.uk/events/details/152983/South-East-Go-Ride-Racing-Regional-Final#5zFczMAQurs095f3.99
Details of the recent Skills Test for MTB Group 3
Click on the link above for details of the time trial results from Road Group