Cycling News

 

Charlestown Primary School has recently had a fantastic new cycle track built in the school grounds funded by Friends of Charlestown School and fundraising by the school pupils themselves! British Cycling and Cornwall Council have then supported the school with equipment in the form of balance bike, bicycles of various sizes and a tricycle. There are then ten other community tracks being built across Cornwall to provide safe and local dedicated facilities for all abilities to enjoy.

Charlestown Primary School’s track is a modern multi-purpose, all-weather track. It includes a high-quality circuit designed to provide recreational routes with features which will help improve bike handling skills. Due to the nature of the design, it can also be used by walkers, runners, and scooter users at any level and age, as well as giving access to children of all abilities to the wild area which the school has been developing over the past few years. 

The track will be used by the school and will be available for use by the wider community too. Groups can hire the track for one off events and weekly meets by getting in contact with the school.

These including schools from Kernow Learning such as Foxhole Academy and Beacon Academy as well as other partnership schools. On a Saturday The Cornwall Bicycle Project will be using the track to encourage new riders to learn how to ride, whilst more experienced riders develop their skills and endurance.

The track could also be used for Kernow Learning Schools’ competitions, Bikeability training, Cornwall School Games, British Cycling coaching and learn to ride sessions.

Project lead and fanatical cyclist Matt Tooke said: “Building on the success of this year’s Tour of Britain which raced through the County, I am delighted we are able to get more and more children into cycling: from the initial balance bikes and trikes for older children through to the more challenging and competitive nature of the sport, we are really encouraging children to be active.”

Friends of Charlestown School were delighted to be able to financially contribute to the construction of an all-weather bike track, and the purchase of bikes and helmets for the children of Charlestown Primary School.  The facility is a fantastic addition to the school's outdoor provision, and we are thrilled to see the children enjoying themselves exploring and advancing their biking skills.

School staff will receive training from British Cycling to enable them to lead cycle sessions.

The project is being coordinated by walking and cycling charity, Sustrans, and the track is funded by Cornwall Council, British Cycling and the school.

Sustrans’ Active Travel Officer, Nick Ratcliffe, who co-ordinated the cycle track programme said: “It is so exciting to see the tracks being built. Despite the pandemic, school staff have been incredible in pushing it forward. I take my hat off to them all.

“These tracks will provide these communities with somewhere safe and local for people of all abilities to learn and enjoy. They will help to encourage greater cycle confidence and develop bike handling skills.

I hope that the tracks not only generate enthusiasm for more active lifestyles in the community, but also develop local talent. Maybe a future Olympic star will start their cycling career on one of these tracks.”

Philip Desmonde, Cornwall Council cabinet portfolio holder for transport, said: “These facilities are a fantastic boost for cycling in Cornwall, particularly as we ‘gear up’ to host the Tour of Britain’s Grand Depart stage.

“This project is about encouraging confidence and helping people – particularly young cyclists – to develop their bike handling skills. Being at the heart of their local communities, schools are the ideal location for these tracks.”

Andy Farr, Head of Business Planning and Transformation at British Cycling, said: “We are really pleased to be supporting Cornwall Council, the schools and other partners, in delivering a network of opportunities for cycling, which we hope will encourage more young people and their families and friends to take up cycling and enjoy the benefits of being physically active.”

This cycle track programme is one of many cycling projects being implemented by Cornwall Council following the hosting of the successful opening stage of the 2021 Tour of Britain bike race in Cornwall.

For more information about hiring the Track and bikes, or more information about the school in general, please contact charlestown@kernowlearning.co.uk or call 01726 812831.

We have cycling clubs on Wednesday afterschool and on Friday lunchtimes