Today 5th February saw the opening of the Wheal Jane Cycle circuit by The Lord Lieutenant Edward Bolitho and The High Sheriff Jane Hartley. They were accompanied by 60-plus members of the One and All Youth academy, and over 150 adult riders from various cycling clubs across Cornwall.
All riders completed a ceremonial circuit of the 1.5km circuit which has been upgraded to race standard by Wheal Jane Holdings. This is the culmination of three years of meetings, work on site, and fund raising. It means that Cornwall has a dedicated cycle training and racing circuit.
The circuit now has a high quality surface, toilet block, storage, radios, racing event equipment, risk assessment, barriers and a signing on trailer for events.
A season of youth and adult races are planned for 2017, and over the next few years it is hoped that this will expand and develop rapidly, making Wheal Jane a premier facility in the south west for cycle training and racing.
The sport of cycling has been developing in ‘leaps and bounds’ in Cornwall – it now has a focus on which to concentrate its efforts.
A huge thank you must go to the Wheal Jane site team who have put in hours of work to make the site ready, and to Wheal Jane Holdings for having the courage, imagination and willingness to give so much back to the community.