Winchester South Park and Ride Cycle Track opens

Press Release: 18/11/2013

Opening of the South Park & RIde bike track

The official opening of the Winchester South Park and Ride Cycle Track took place on Sunday 17 November.

Cllr Rob Humby, Deputy Leader and Portfolio Holder for Sport at Winchester City Council, carried out the proceedings with over 60 cyclists aged 6 to 80, council officers, councillors and sporting partners from the Winchester District.

Andy Hargroves, winner of this year’s Winchester Criterium, assisted with the ceremonial ribbon-cutting. Andy rides for Felt Colbournes, Hargroves and represented Great Britain at the European Cyclocross Championships in 2011 and 2012. He also represented Great Britain at the World Cup Cyclocross races in 2012 and has five wins for Felt in the 2013 season.

VC Venta Cycling Club members were busy in the morning with some guided cycle ride training. There was also a group of enthusiastic young cyclists who took part in Go Ride races on the track.

Prior to Winchester City Council gaining planning permission to use this site permanently as a cycle track, the car park had been used on Sundays by British Cycling and VC Venta Cycling Club on a temporary basis for activities such as Go Ride techniques and skill sessions, introductory racing sessions and two Criterium races.

Cllr Humby thanked all partners involved in the project including British Cycling, VC Venta Cycling Club and Hampshire County Council as well as officers at Winchester City Council

He said:

We know that this facility has already offered VC Venta a platform from which to develop the club which, over the last 12 months, has grown from 40 to a staggering 215 members. The growth in their junior membership has resulted in oversubscribed sessions and the club are in the process of training up more coaches to cope with the numbers.

This really is a lovely facility and well-placed for cycling in Winchester as it is linked to the National Cycle Route section now known as Viaduct Way.