Olympic Gold Medalist and Cycling World Record Holder Chris Boardman MBE officially opened Hereford's new 1km cycling track last Friday, an event attended by significant names in British cycling and government. Designed for cyclists of all ages and abilities, the new track is one of only 50 closed-road circuits in the UK.
Chris Boardman, who was representing both Sport England and British Cycling, was accompanied by Jon Dutton OBE, the CEO for British Cycling, and Jesse Norman MP, the Minister of State in the Department for Transport responsible for active travel, including cycling. Local community members, cycling groups, funders, and partners also attended the inauguration at Halo's Leisure Centre.
"What an amazing facility this is," Chris Boardman exclaimed. "This excellent cycle track, based in the beautiful city of Hereford, will enable the next generation of cyclists, regardless of age or background, to enjoy the sport I love so much."
The 4m-wide track offers a safe environment for learning, training, and enjoying cycling without the challenges of busy roads. It's a significant step in encouraging active travel and fostering a love for cycling across various age groups.