Street Velo­drome to of­fer ‘unique stage’

Coun­cil-funded track to be set up in Fass­nidge Park

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS -

HILLING­DON Coun­cil has an­nounced a pop-up cy­cling track will come to the bor­ough in May, staged at Fass­nidge Park, in Uxbridge.

The coun­cil-funded StreetVelo­drome, which will open from Fri­day May 20 to Sun­day May 22, will of­fer lo­cal cy­clists the op­por­tu­nity to ‘ride for free on a unique stage in a thrilling se­ries’ and show­case some of the best cy­cling ta­lent.

The velo­drome will also in­spire fam­i­lies to go along to watch for free and en­cour­age peo­ple to be more ac­tive and take up or learn to ride a bike, the coun­cil says.

The week­end’s ac­tion will of­fer a flavour of what is to come to Hilling­don’s award­win­ning parks and green spa­ces this sum­mer, where the coun­cil is launch­ing Park­Life, a range of fun, so­cial ac­tiv­i­ties, en­cour­ag­ing res­i­dents and vis­i­tors to get out and get ac­tive in the sun­shine.

The ini­tia­tive aims to bring the whole com­mu­nity to­gether to try free or cheaper in­di­vid­ual and fam­ily ac­tiv­i­ties, from gar­den­ing and walk­ing, to fam­ily fun ses­sions and buggy walks.

A spokesper­son for the coun­cil said: “Hilling­don is one of the green­est bor­oughs in the UK, with more Green Flag awards than any­where else.

“Fass­nidge Park is a great ex­am­ple – it cov­ers four acres and vis­i­tors to the velo­drome will also be able to in­ves­ti­gate the bowl­ing green, ten­nis courts, play­ground and skate park.”

On the Fri­day, schools and com­mu­nity groups will have the chance to use the track.

Res­i­dents can go along to the gen­eral pub­lic ses­sions for free on the Satur­day, when they can just turn up be­tween 10am and 4pm and queue to take part in this ‘come and try it’ ex­pe­ri­ence.

The Sun­day, be­tween 9am and 6pm, will be the cli­max of the event with a race day, which will be filmed for tele­vi­sion.

Lo­cal am­a­teurs and con­fi­dent riders can com­pete and at­tempt to qual­ify along­side pro­fes­sional riders for the fi­nale in Lon­don in July.

The StreetVelo­drome Kids Se­ries will al­low lo­cal chil­dren the op­por­tu­nity to re­ceive coach­ing and com­pete.

There will be re­fresh­ments on sale in the park and a bouncy cas­tle through­out the week­end.

For more de­tails, visit www.hilling­don.gov.uk/ ar­ti­cle/30737/StreetVelo­drome.

Am­a­teurs and pro­fes­sion­als can also reg­is­ter for the race day on­line.

n VELO­DROME: A pop-up cy­cling track will be set up in Fass­nidge Park next month

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