AN Olympic gold medallist and world record holder has officially opened Hereford's new cycle track.

Chris Boardman, who is a British Cycling and Sport England cycling ambassador, was at the site last Friday (September 29) to see the benefits it has brought to the city.

“What an amazing facility this is," he said.


"This excellent cycle track, based in the beautiful city of Hereford, will enable the next generation of cyclists, regardless of age or background, to enjoy the sport I love so much. 

"I’ve no doubts that this track will help break down barriers to participants, especially for those that haven’t yet enjoyed the benefits of cycling. It will bring people together, connect communities, and in doing so, ensure many more people can enjoy the mental and physical health benefits of two-wheeled travel.”

The track - one of only 50 specific closed-road circuits in the UK - gives cyclists of all ages and abilities the chance to learn to ride, train at every level, and enjoy their sport without having to negotiate busy roads. Mr Boardman was joined by a number of delegates including county MP Jesse Norman.