Exciting New Pembrey Closed Road Cycling Circuit Perfect for Families
This new cycling circuit in Pembrey will be the only closed road cycling circuit in South Wales
Planning consent for the purpose-built 1.9km circuit has been granted and work is now getting under way. Designed to British Cycling Standards, it’s hoped the facility will help develop local young talent and encourage people into sport and more active, healthier lifestyles. The construction of the circuit, at the site of the former Royal Ordnance Factory, is expected to take approximately eight weeks, with the plan of having a 2018 summer opening date.
The circuit will provide a safe off road experience for cycling lovers. A good 6m wide with smooth tarmac it will offer differing gradients and fun bends all in a beautiful countryside settings.
This circuit will be used for local cycling clubs training, local competitions for all ages and abilities as we well as national and regional competitions. Families will also be able to enjoy fun recreational events that will be held here and Go Ride Lessons. This is also going to be a fab venue for other sports such as triathlons, athletics and roller ski events.
Carmarthenshire The Cycling Hub of Wales
Carmarthenshire County Council has a clear strategy to become a hub for cycling in Wales and this circuit will play a key role in that.
The council’s Executive Board Member for Culture, Sport and Tourism Cllr Peter Hughes-Griffiths said he was delighted work was starting, saying how he thought that Pembrey Country Park is the perfect location for the circuit and says
“This is a really exciting project which supports our aspiration for Carmarthenshire to become the cycling hub of Wales. The council’s cycling strategy sets out its objectives to improve infrastructure, develop opportunities particularly for young people, and support events.”
The Welsh Cycling Chief Executive Anne Adams-King said “We know that purpose-built facilities increase the numbers participating regularly in sport in the community setting, and that this is key to behaviour change that lead to healthier lifestyles.”
“The circuit will also provide a key resource for talent development. Cycling, like any other sport, needs to provide opportunities at grass roots level for children and young people, enabling them to continue on the talent pathway and even onto elite level, via our sport pathway. “
“We have a strong team of 20 riders who are currently competing at this year’s Commonwealth Games at Gold Coast, Australia, most of whom are young riders representing Wales for the very first time, including former Towy Riders club members Manon Lloyd, Jess Roberts and Joe Holt. We have seen great progression amongst the younger riders during the last four years; and we are confident that introducing more and more facilities like the closed road circuit at Pembrey will give young people the opportunity to progress and display the depth of sporting talent Wales has to offer.”