County Cycling facility plan for Wheal Jane
The One and All Cycling Academy at Bissoe have secured the support of the South West regional British Cycling Board for a joint project to help create a challenging and exciting cycle race circuit at Wheal Jane.
We have agreed to tarmac sections of roadway on the site to create a complete circuit of some 1.5km and accommodate welfare and storage facilities for use during training and Cornish Series races.
The venture will see the club contributing £10,000 from various fundraising efforts towards the total cost of circa £40,000 for the road surfacing work. The balance will be met by the Wheal Jane Group.
The site, which is being developed as an Earth Science-based business park, is a unique venue for cycling in many ways and will include a number of tight bends, slopes and obstacles.
We feel this is an excellent way to provide a much needed long-term, county-wide facility which supports Cornish sport and the local community in a safe but challenging environment with excellent facilities.
Wheal Jane have committed to completing the surfacing work during 2015 so that the circuit can be available for the 2016 season.
This innovative joint venture will also help raise the profile of the Cycling Academy and the opportunities it offers. Watch this space for further news of its progress.
Rod James, Chair of One and All Cycling, said, “This is a fantastic opportunity for Youth Cycling in Cornwall. Youth riders are unable to race on the road and the nearest closed circuit is In Torbay or Ilton Somerset! Wheal Jane have already been very supportive in allowing us to use the incomplete circuit for training. This new phase is a tremendous opportunity to offer training and racing to all of Cornwall’s youth who wish to take part in the exciting, growing sport of cycle racing. This will allow us to dream of achieving the aim of over representation of Cornish riders in the 2020 Olympics.”
30th June 2015