Work set to start on Olympic bike course

Luke Farey

Luke Farey

First published in News

OLYMPIC legacy proposals for Hadleigh Country Park will take a major leap forward this month as work is set to start on a new complex to get more mountain bikers riding through the area.

The new hub lies at the heart of Essex County Council’s £6.8million vision to transform the park into a top tourist attraction, catering for 400,000 visitors a year.

A building, which will be constructed at Sayers Farm, will comprise ranger facilities, a bike hire shop, visitor centre, cafe and changing rooms.

Contractor Hugh Pearl will start the work on January 27.

Professional cyclist Luke Farey, who runs the BMX training company, Get Out There MTB, in Hadleigh, welcomed the news.

He said: “I’m really excited about this. It’s going to be so good for the local area.

“Hopefully, it will create a real social atmosphere down there and somewhere we can go to keep warm and get a cup of tea after a ride.

“Certainly, it will encourage more people to try out mountain biking for themselves.”

Mr Farey, who is also a member of the Hadleigh Mountain Biking Club, said he is in talks with King John School, Thundersley, to try to inspire the next generation of cyclists.

He has already received funding to run a Sportivate initiative to run courses for people wanting to take up mountain biking and venture on to the challenging Olympic track.

Mr Farey added: “It’s going to be such a huge benefit to the public to have this facility on their doorstep.”

Contractors have started work on the creation of 18km of new trails through the park to try to improve access for walkers, runners and horse riders.

The trails will be completed in the summer. The Olympic track will also be adapted for public use, catering for all abilities, ahead of the official opening in 2015. An Essex County Council spokesman said: “In October, contractor Hugh Pearl began construction work to improve and enhance existing trails to make them suitable for use, all year round.

“The contractor also started to create some of the new network of trails which will make the park more accessible for a wider range of users.

“Work on all paths at Hadleigh Country Park is progressing well and is on schedule to be completed by summer 2014.”

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10:34am Sat 4 Jan 14

DogsMessInLeigh says...

Excellent News..(which we knew was coming anyway), nice to get an update, not been over the park for months...too wet and muddy, but really looking forward to it soon.
Excellent News..(which we knew was coming anyway), nice to get an update, not been over the park for months...too wet and muddy, but really looking forward to it soon. DogsMessInLeigh
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10:34am Sat 4 Jan 14

Letmetryagain says...

I do hope that the trails they are constructing are well maintained.
As otherwise the bikes will cut them up and make them impassable for pedestrians.
I assume the area used by the Olympic bike teams, near the round house, will become a public car park ?
I also hope work soon starts on the new Sally Anne Restaurant. Looking forward to that.
I do hope that the trails they are constructing are well maintained. As otherwise the bikes will cut them up and make them impassable for pedestrians. I assume the area used by the Olympic bike teams, near the round house, will become a public car park ? I also hope work soon starts on the new Sally Anne Restaurant. Looking forward to that. Letmetryagain
  • Score: 0

10:39am Sat 4 Jan 14

DogsMessInLeigh says...

Letmetryagain wrote:
I do hope that the trails they are constructing are well maintained.
As otherwise the bikes will cut them up and make them impassable for pedestrians.
I assume the area used by the Olympic bike teams, near the round house, will become a public car park ?
I also hope work soon starts on the new Sally Anne Restaurant. Looking forward to that.
I see part when they started months back around the country park, i i get the impression they will be firm gravel, hope so anyway as it means 365 day access for us riders, don't mind some soft stuff as its a frill especially downhill.
[quote][p][bold]Letmetryagain[/bold] wrote: I do hope that the trails they are constructing are well maintained. As otherwise the bikes will cut them up and make them impassable for pedestrians. I assume the area used by the Olympic bike teams, near the round house, will become a public car park ? I also hope work soon starts on the new Sally Anne Restaurant. Looking forward to that.[/p][/quote]I see part when they started months back around the country park, i i get the impression they will be firm gravel, hope so anyway as it means 365 day access for us riders, don't mind some soft stuff as its a frill especially downhill. DogsMessInLeigh
  • Score: -5

11:44am Sat 4 Jan 14

pembury53 says...

DogsMessInLeigh wrote:
Letmetryagain wrote:
I do hope that the trails they are constructing are well maintained.
As otherwise the bikes will cut them up and make them impassable for pedestrians.
I assume the area used by the Olympic bike teams, near the round house, will become a public car park ?
I also hope work soon starts on the new Sally Anne Restaurant. Looking forward to that.
I see part when they started months back around the country park, i i get the impression they will be firm gravel, hope so anyway as it means 365 day access for us riders, don't mind some soft stuff as its a frill especially downhill.
I was in there the other day, walking not riding..... they are firm gravel, so far placed over the existing trails we all used to ride on..... however, it will be interesting to see if these are intended for riding, walking or mixed ? I read previously there was a plan to manage segregation of the trails..... mixed feelings so far.... the new trails are 'nice' but hardly the challenge they were before at speed when it was a bit muddy..... i hope the whole thing doesn't become too 'sanitized' but i think that's what may happen to cater for all these anticipated visitors, but i hope it's a success anyway and look forward to getting over there on the bike....
[quote][p][bold]DogsMessInLeigh[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Letmetryagain[/bold] wrote: I do hope that the trails they are constructing are well maintained. As otherwise the bikes will cut them up and make them impassable for pedestrians. I assume the area used by the Olympic bike teams, near the round house, will become a public car park ? I also hope work soon starts on the new Sally Anne Restaurant. Looking forward to that.[/p][/quote]I see part when they started months back around the country park, i i get the impression they will be firm gravel, hope so anyway as it means 365 day access for us riders, don't mind some soft stuff as its a frill especially downhill.[/p][/quote]I was in there the other day, walking not riding..... they are firm gravel, so far placed over the existing trails we all used to ride on..... however, it will be interesting to see if these are intended for riding, walking or mixed ? I read previously there was a plan to manage segregation of the trails..... mixed feelings so far.... the new trails are 'nice' but hardly the challenge they were before at speed when it was a bit muddy..... i hope the whole thing doesn't become too 'sanitized' but i think that's what may happen to cater for all these anticipated visitors, but i hope it's a success anyway and look forward to getting over there on the bike.... pembury53
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11:45am Sat 4 Jan 14

Nowthatsworthknowing says...

Hope they keep the newbies away until they are ready
Hope they keep the newbies away until they are ready Nowthatsworthknowing
  • Score: -3

2:13pm Sat 4 Jan 14

Reckless_young_driver says...

As one of Britains most dangerous cyclist, I'll be showing up all the amateur riders. I'll be showing them exactly how to ride a bike.
As one of Britains most dangerous cyclist, I'll be showing up all the amateur riders. I'll be showing them exactly how to ride a bike. Reckless_young_driver
  • Score: -1

4:55pm Sat 4 Jan 14

Nebs says...

Reckless_young_drive
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wrote:
As one of Britains most dangerous cyclist, I'll be showing up all the amateur riders. I'll be showing them exactly how to ride a bike.
You can ride with confidence, safe in the knowledge that Southend Hospital is one of the best in the county.
[quote][p][bold]Reckless_young_drive r[/bold] wrote: As one of Britains most dangerous cyclist, I'll be showing up all the amateur riders. I'll be showing them exactly how to ride a bike.[/p][/quote]You can ride with confidence, safe in the knowledge that Southend Hospital is one of the best in the county. Nebs
  • Score: 1

7:04pm Sat 4 Jan 14

InTheKnowOk says...

Be interesting to see how much they will charge to use it once completed
Be interesting to see how much they will charge to use it once completed InTheKnowOk
  • Score: 1

8:28pm Sat 4 Jan 14

Kim Gandy says...

Reckless_young_drive
r
wrote:
As one of Britains most dangerous cyclist, I'll be showing up all the amateur riders. I'll be showing them exactly how to ride a bike.
Tell me, have you a very small appendage?
[quote][p][bold]Reckless_young_drive r[/bold] wrote: As one of Britains most dangerous cyclist, I'll be showing up all the amateur riders. I'll be showing them exactly how to ride a bike.[/p][/quote]Tell me, have you a very small appendage? Kim Gandy
  • Score: 3

4:58pm Sun 5 Jan 14

iknowbetter says...

Kim Gandy wrote:
Reckless_young_drive

r
wrote:
As one of Britains most dangerous cyclist, I'll be showing up all the amateur riders. I'll be showing them exactly how to ride a bike.
Tell me, have you a very small appendage?
No just a very small Willy!! :)
[quote][p][bold]Kim Gandy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Reckless_young_drive r[/bold] wrote: As one of Britains most dangerous cyclist, I'll be showing up all the amateur riders. I'll be showing them exactly how to ride a bike.[/p][/quote]Tell me, have you a very small appendage?[/p][/quote]No just a very small Willy!! :) iknowbetter
  • Score: 1

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