Making tracks for Sheffield biking centre plans

World mountain bike riding champion Steve Peat, from Chapeltown
World mountain bike riding champion Steve Peat, from Chapeltown
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WORLD champion mountain biker Steve Peat has revealed plans to turn Sheffield’s blaze-hit former ski village site into a ‘unique’ new sports facility.

The Chapeltown star wants to transform the hillside at Parkwood Springs into Britain’s first urban mountain biking centre – while retaining the old ski slope for use by Sheffield Sharks ski club.

Riders on the new mountain biking track at Parkwood Springs

Riders on the new mountain biking track at Parkwood Springs

The ski village chairlift would be brought back into use so bikers could travel up the hill to the start of the trail.

He is working on the plans with Sheffield Council – and a bid for funding is set to be made to the £700 million Sheffield City Region Infrastructure Fund, which provides Government funding to support development projects around the area.

Money would be needed to improve road links and car parking at Parkwood Springs and to create facilities such as a café and shop for bikers.

Work has already taken place to build mountain biking trails at the site, which are due to open next month.

The trails includes routes given a ‘red’ or difficult rating, which is on a par with mountain biking trails in areas such as Snowdonia or the Scottish Highlands.

Steve said: “Our plans would create a mountain biking centre, which would be the first of its kind for a city in England.

“We are in talks about the project with John Dallow, from the council, the Sharks and the ski village owners.”

Coun Leigh Bramall, Sheffield Council cabinet member for business, skills and development, said: “We are working on a project with Steve and the owners of the ski village to redevelop the Parkwood Springs area and improve access.

“The scheme would create a unique facility.”