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Official opening for Leicester’s new cycle circuit

Published on Friday, July 7, 2017

A NEW purpose-built circuit for cycling in the city will be officially opened next week, by Great Britain Cycling Team rider Katy Marchant.

Katy – a track sprinter who took bronze at the Rio Olympics – will visit the new Leicester Cycle Circuit, at New College in Leicester, to launch a day of celebrations that will include free family pedal sessions and the chance for anyone to come along and ride the circuit.

The £750,000 facility, built by Leicester City Council in partnership with New College and British Cycling, is a one-kilometre, purpose-built, traffic-free loop that will be open for community, club and public groups all year round.

It’s designed to be a new training, recreational, try-out and sports facility for riders of all ages and abilities.

Cllr Adam Clarke, assistant city mayor for the environment, said: “This cycle circuit will provide huge benefits to the city and is a very important part of our highly respected strategy for cycling in Leicester.

“Cycling can help to reduce congestion and pollution and contribute towards our physical and mental wellbeing; it’s a great way of getting about, a fun social activity and an exhilarating sport.

“This excellent facility, open to all ages and abilities, can only encourage more people to find out what cycling has to offer them.”

Wayne Allsopp from New College said: “The Leicester Cycle Circuit here at New College Leicester is a valuable addition to our sports village and, like all our state-of-the-art sports facilities, it will be available for all members of the community.

“The circuit will be open for 48 weeks of the year, Mondays to Fridays from 9am-9.30pm and Saturdays and Sundays from 9am-6pm.

“Recreational ‘pay and pedal’ sessions are due to start on Monday 10 July. For more information on these, and how to book the circuit, call 0116 231 8517.”

Katy Marchant said: “All of us on the Great Britain cycling team are passionate about inspiring people to get on their bikes. Whether they’re starting to cycle for the first time, building their confidence on a bike or getting back in the saddle after a long time away, facilities such as the Leicester Cycle Circuit are vital in getting our country more active – and fitter, healthier and happier in the process.”

The circuit features street lighting, allowing it to be used year-round by the local community for recreational and coached activities. It is a self-contained facility on New College Leicester’s site, with a dedicated parking area for users.

It will be used for a full and varied programme of cycling, including the Bikeability schools training scheme and Leicester Wheels For All, which provides adapted bikes for people with disabilities.

Over the summer, the circuit will play host to supporting races for the Leicester Castle Classic, including the Regional Youth Championships, on 12 August. The Castle Classic Kermesse will then take place in the city centre on 13 August, on a route linking the King Power stadium and Leicester Castle.

The cycle circuit will also host the 2017 School Games in September.