Cyclists in a spin at opening of new city bike trail

Heeley Millenium Park BMX and trail.
Heeley Millenium Park BMX and trail.
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IT’S wheely brilliant! That was the verdict of youngsters who pedalled, jumped and twisted across a new £30,000 mountain biking trail which opened officially in Sheffield.

Tots to teenagers all had a go at testing out the latest addition to Heeley Millennium Park, unveiled by the Heeley Development Trust.

Surrounded by 300 trees planted for future generations, it looked as if riders were practising their techniques deep in the Peak District rather than in the heart of a city.

Andy Jackson, trust manager, said: “The trail is unique. There are plenty of BMX trails - but this has been designed for mountain bikes. It’s designed so little ones and anyone can ride it steadily, safely and slowly - but if you have a bit more skill you can go faster.

“What youngsters learn here they can take out to the Peak District and use to ride much more difficult terrain.”

Tight turns, balance beams and challenging drops on the trail all aim to teach youngsters how to better balance and judge when biking. Runners are also using it to train.

Olivia Newbold, aged 10, said: “It’s good - I think I will be coming back. My favourite bit is when you go around the big log.”

Waiting to get started was Kyroe Blair, eight. He said: “It is good this is so close because my school is just around the corner.”

And granddad Rod Hadfield, 68, of Waldon Road, Heeley, said: “It’s a nice resource for the area. I’ve not had a go yet but the kids love it!”