Facility expected to attract 100,000 cyclists annually once it opens next year

Kent County Council has said that the Cyclopark currently being built alongside the A2 near Gravesend, which is expected to attract up to 100,000 cyclists annually, is on schedule to be completed next March.

The county council's cabinet member for environment, highways and waste, Bryan Sweetland told the Kent Messenger: “Work started on the site in January and we are extremely pleased with the progress to date.

“You can see the shape of the 2.9km cycle circuit and the fantastic layout for BMX and mountain bike tracks.

“Further construction works will include the pavilion, a playground and a multi sports area set within a parkland landscape.

“When it opens next year ahead of the Olympics, Cyclopark will be a real asset for local cyclists and many from outside the county as well, helping bring in visitors and money to the area,” he added

To date, £8 million in funding has been provided for the project, including money from British Cycling.

The facility has already received high-profile backing from British stars including Olympic gold medalist Jamie Staff, now in charge of USA Cycling’s track sprinting programme, who previously said that the site would be an ideal location for a cycling academy he was planning to open.

Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.