Gilwern Outdoor Education Centre to get £150,000 cycling track

MONMOUTHSHIRE is set to get its own cycling track courtesy of £150,000 of National Lottery funding.

Monmouthshire council has secured funding through the Sport Wales Calls for Action programme to support the construction of a closed-road cycling circuit at Gilwern Outdoor Education Centre, near Abergavenny.

The council plan to match the funding through various sources.

The 1.2km looped circuit, which will span six metres in width, will offer the county an elite-level facility that will play host to national sporting competitions.

On a more regular basis, the velo-track will become a cycling hub, providing school and adult clubs space for cycling, training for competitive cycling groups, increasing disability cycling and providing a place for recreational cyclers.

It is estimated that the velo-track will see over 45,000 new participants accessing the site inside three years.

On average, the centre is forecasting 1,045 regular weekly participants.

This announcement forms part of Sport Wales' plan to inject £1.5million of National Lottery funding into communities across Wales to increase sport participation.

The programme is aimed at creating partnerships between sport providers and health boards, social housing organisations, social enterprises and universities, to tackle issues which prevent people getting access to sports and leisure facilities.

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4:16pm Sun 14 Jul 13

Robodad says...

Excellent news, just a shame that it is so far away from the velodrome in Newport.
Excellent news, just a shame that it is so far away from the velodrome in Newport. Robodad

4:44pm Sun 14 Jul 13

Melvyn The Milk says...

Robodad wrote:
Excellent news, just a shame that it is so far away from the velodrome in Newport.
That's the whole idea. To broaden participation, not to narrow it.
[quote][p][bold]Robodad[/bold] wrote: Excellent news, just a shame that it is so far away from the velodrome in Newport.[/p][/quote]That's the whole idea. To broaden participation, not to narrow it. Melvyn The Milk

5:05pm Sun 14 Jul 13

jimmysmith says...

Robodad wrote:
Excellent news, just a shame that it is so far away from the velodrome in Newport.
cant you use some influence and get the council to reconsider .theres more than enough bikes on the roads around abergavenny they are a nuisance riding 3 and 4 abreast and shouting obscenities at drivers .its high time they were made to pay road tax now .
[quote][p][bold]Robodad[/bold] wrote: Excellent news, just a shame that it is so far away from the velodrome in Newport.[/p][/quote]cant you use some influence and get the council to reconsider .theres more than enough bikes on the roads around abergavenny they are a nuisance riding 3 and 4 abreast and shouting obscenities at drivers .its high time they were made to pay road tax now . jimmysmith

5:38am Mon 15 Jul 13

ExNewport says...

jimmysmith wrote:
Robodad wrote:
Excellent news, just a shame that it is so far away from the velodrome in Newport.
cant you use some influence and get the council to reconsider .theres more than enough bikes on the roads around abergavenny they are a nuisance riding 3 and 4 abreast and shouting obscenities at drivers .its high time they were made to pay road tax now .
How stupid are you jimmysmith road tax is based on fuel type and CO2 emission levels, since a bicycle gives off no emissions, hence no road tax.
[quote][p][bold]jimmysmith[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Robodad[/bold] wrote: Excellent news, just a shame that it is so far away from the velodrome in Newport.[/p][/quote]cant you use some influence and get the council to reconsider .theres more than enough bikes on the roads around abergavenny they are a nuisance riding 3 and 4 abreast and shouting obscenities at drivers .its high time they were made to pay road tax now .[/p][/quote]How stupid are you jimmysmith road tax is based on fuel type and CO2 emission levels, since a bicycle gives off no emissions, hence no road tax. ExNewport

7:18am Mon 15 Jul 13

Robodad says...

Talking of being stupid, did you know that road tax was abolished in 1937?
Talking of being stupid, did you know that road tax was abolished in 1937? Robodad

7:19am Mon 15 Jul 13

Robodad says...

Did you know that road tax was abolished in 1937?
Did you know that road tax was abolished in 1937? Robodad

2:05pm Mon 15 Jul 13

Lenin says...

Seems a little short for a closed road circuit, and in just over 1k won't have any challenging climbs, but welcome none the less.
Seems a little short for a closed road circuit, and in just over 1k won't have any challenging climbs, but welcome none the less. Lenin

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