Bikes are the new golf. Literally.
Leeds Urban Bike Park opens soon. Former site of Middleton Park Golf Course has been transformed into an urban bike park with café and bike shop.
- Official opening Friday December 1st
- Free coffee and cake 1-6pm
- Middleton Park Bike Hub, Ring Road Beeston Park, Middleton LS10 3TN
Earlier this year we brought you the news about at a Leeds golf course to become a bike park and now we can happily reveal that the bike park is set to open very soon.
As you can see form the pics, it’s an impressive layout an done that’s looks certain to be popular with the hordes of mountain bikes who live in the area or within an hour’s drive of it. If there’s one thing we know it’s that mountain bikers are prepared to travel a bit to get to some new fun riding spots.
The old golf clubhouse has been converted into a café with attendant bike shop. The kids pump track is pretty much situated on the other side of the café windows, so parents to escape inside and still keep an eye out whilst their kids keep pumping away.
Beyond the café area and pump track there’s a larger BMX-style skills course, complete with electric start gate. South of there is the mountain bike trails. The full network of trails isn’t expected to complete until Easter 2018 by which point there will be a total of 6km of trail network wiggling its way around the adjacent woodlands.
Quoted in the South Leeds Life, Jeremy Hayes from Cycle Pathways CIC, who will run the £1.2m facility: “We are all about helping people develop their cycling skills, no matter what level they are at” he said. “If you’ve never ridden a bike we can help. If you want to compete in the Olympics we can help. Whatever stage on the journey you are, we can help.
“We have designed this to be accessible. You don’t need a £6,000 bike to ride here and to improve your skills. In fact you don’t even need to cycle at all. Come and enjoy the café or use the new accessible path to the Rose Garden.
“To start with we aim to get back to the level of activity we had before the work started. So that’s evening and weekend rides, running groups, cycle maintenance. We will be looking to develop the activity programme and our work with schools and community groups as we progress through the Spring.”