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Mountain biking at Rawcliffe Country Park


12:02am 17th February 2012

York's off-road cyclists can gear up for City of York Council's new mountain biking area opening at Rawcliffe Country Park today (Friday 17 February 2012.)

A series of exciting and challenging jumps, banks and turns will challenge all levels of mountain bikers, and the 70 metre inner circuit and the easier 140 metre outer track are linked to each other and the rest of the park.

The scheme is part of the Big Lottery play programme that also funded the climbing boulders at Rawcliffe Country Park.

During the big launch day people can wheel or walk along for:

  • Riding skills courses for 8 - 14 year olds from 10am-3pm (must be booked in advance with Grit Track and Trail at info@grittrackandtrail.co.uk)
  • Local shops offering bike servicing and freebies
  • Top local riders giving advice and showing their skills
  • Activities for bikes from sustainable transport charity Sustrans and the council.

The opening will form part of Sustrans' Big Pedal warm-up week, and is part of a programme of activities and events held at York Explore throughout half term. For a leaflet contact Sustrans' Info and Ride Booking line: 07824 998745 or email naomi.wellssmith@sustrans.org.uk

Cllr Janet Looker, cabinet member for Education, Children and Young People's services said:

"This is a superb facility on which off-road cyclists or mountain bikers can hone their skills, less experienced cyclists can build confidence, as well as regular cyclists - like me - to simply have fun. Congratulations to the council's Play Team for securing funding for this all-weather track."

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