There are plans to develop a new 1.6km asphalt closed road cycle circuit near Leeds. The University of Leeds is looking to team up with UK Sport and British Cycling to develop the £4.5m facility with hopes that the work could be completed by October.
The Yorkshire Post reports that land on the university’s Bodington playing fields near Adel, north of the city’s ring road, has been earmarked for the project, which would also see Bodington sports pavilion refurbished.
Rob Wadsworth, Head of Sport at the University of Leeds, said:
“The University of Leeds is committed to sporting excellence and to opening up its facilities for the benefit of the public and this cycle track is a big part of that.
“We excel at cycling, our students are consistently at the top of their sport in the UK and the proposed track has the backing of key sport and cycling bodies.
“We look forward to meeting elected representatives and local residents to explain the plans and answer any questions they may have. Arrangements for a community consultation session are currently being finalised.”
UK Sport and British Cycling would provide £1m in funding, leaving the university to contribute the remaining £3.5m. An application has not yet been made for planning permission, but it is hoped that work could begin as early as March.
One potential stumbling block would be if the scheme missed its October deadline for completion. Wadsworth said that if this window were missed, the funding from British Cycling and UK Sport could not be guaranteed.
The Bodington site is currently used primarily for grass sports and these would continue after the developments. The new cycle circuit would be available for use by staff, students and the wider community, while it is hoped the upgraded sports pavilion might serve as a permanent base for Britain’s triathletes.
Olympic triathlete Jonny Brownlee commented: “It would take the triathlon facilities to the next level and make Leeds the complete triathlon city. We really hope that these plans go ahead.”