Tuesday, May 21, 2024

New bike track in Newbury’s Goldwell Park

More than 200 visitors were treated to a morning of action and adventure at Goldwell Park in Newbury last weekend as a new pump track was unveiled to the public.

They enjoyed a BMX demonstration by the United Wheels Foundation as well as pro BMXer and British cycling coach, Jak Tones.

The track is state-of-the-art –  installed by experts at Four one Four Skateparks, known for their top-notch skate park designs.

The 20-year-old dirt track was replaced by the new surface for wheeled sports enthusiasts.

It is a continuous circuit designed for wheeled sports like BMX and mountain biking.

Rather than pedalling, riders use a unique “pumping” motion to maintain momentum as they navigate a sequence of rollers and swoopy, banked turns.

The project was made possible through a £112,000 investment by West Berkshire Council, and was developed in collaboration with local BMX group United Wheels Foundation.

Councillor Janine Lewis, Executive Member for Public Health, Culture, Leisure, Sport and Countryside at West Berkshire Council, said: “It’s fabulous to see the opening of this great facility in Newbury. We know how much this track means to so many people and thank everyone involved in bringing the vision to reality.

“It was a great turnout for the grand opening with a mix of ages and abilities to celebrate this incredible addition to our community. We look forward to seeing more people bring their family and friends along with their sense of adventure!”

Grant Stone from United Wheels Foundation, said: “I am really looking forward to seeing all ages enjoying this great new track. Huge thanks to everyone involved for all their hard work in completing this project.”