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Hadleigh Park opens to provide free Olympic legacy facilities for all MTBers

British Cycling sponsors conversion of 2012 arena into all-ability MTB playground

Hadleigh Park, the home of Olympic mountain biking at London 2012, has now opened to the general public.

John Whittingdale, Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, was joined by Victoria Pendleton to celebrate the Olympic legacy opening, which came thanks to £200,000 of British Cycling funding.

British Cycling chief executive, Ian Drake said: “Expanding the nationwide network of traffic free cycling facilities has been a key ambition for British Cycling and we are continually supporting and investing in projects like this one to offer cycling opportunities for all.

“Three years on from the Olympics in London it is great to see the ongoing legacy of what was a fantastic time, not only for cycling, but for British sport as a whole.

“Having facilities like this one are absolutely key to increasing participation in cycling and we will continue to work with funding partners such as Sport England to support projects, large and small, nationwide.”

John Whittingdale said: “The Olympic plan promised an enduring legacy. Hadleigh Park helps to achieve that promise, with this wonderful Olympic venue now open to all.

“It also shows what a difference Olympic investment can make to everybody, not just our top athletes. Visitors to Hadleigh Park may not be looking to win any medals, but they will be able to enjoy one of the most breath-taking biking sites in the country.”

The trails at Hadleigh Park are open to the public daily, with facilities to suit all age levels and abilities, and are free to access. There are currently no parking charges but they will come in at a low level in future.

Chairman of Active Essex, Gary Sullivan OBE said: “It’s been an exciting journey since London 2012 and we are delighted to launch Hadleigh Park, our own piece of Olympic history in Essex.

“We hope this legacy facility will inspire a generation of young and old to be more physically active as well as provide opportunities for our future Olympians.”

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