It may not seem like much, but the Wheal Jane Circuit is the only off-road cycle track in Cornwall, and if supporters can raise £ 10,000 for the resurfacing, it will become Cornwall’s only closed-circuit cycle racing facility. .
Local cyclists in Cornwall and West Devon are currently using the partial gravel loop at Wheal Jane, near Truro, but if the £ 10,000 crowdfunding campaign is successful, the board of directors of Wheal Jane, a group representing five local businesses, will provide £ 50,000 to the gravel section tarmac for a continuous 1.4km race suitable for the race.
The course, which is used by the One and All Youth Academy, was recently given the green light from British Cycling for use in racing, if the surfacing is complete and barriers are placed in certain places along the track.
Flat trail after the descent to the Wheal Jane circuit
One and All President Rod James said: “We don’t have any closed-course racing facilities in Cornwall at the moment, not even on this side of Torbay. The Wheal Jane circuit at the moment we used temporarily, but only a part of it.
In fact, as Jess Duffy, who tweets as @lapsandlanes, points out, the South West is now the only region in the UK without an indoor or outdoor velodrome.
The Wheal Jane Cycle Racing Circuit website explains that Wheal Jane, a former tin mine now occupied by the Wheal Jane Lab, is the easiest and cheapest solution to developing cycling facilities in the area.
He said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for Cornwall to have its own closed cycle racing circuit which will not only benefit the development of cycling and cycling races in Cornwall but will help strengthen the racing calendar in the southern region. -west and will provide an excellent racing facility not only for local clubs and racers, but for those in the wider southwest including Devon, South Hams, Exeter and Somerset.
If funds are raised, the circuit will be operational for the start of the 2016 season.
The works will be carried out in three phases, on the one hand to redo the surface of the track, on the other hand to improve, and the third, in the future, to increase the size of the circuit.
The crowdfunding ends on December 15th, and with 17 days left the funds rise to almost £ 9,000, which has prompted the organizers to start thinking about ‘overfunding’ for phase two, making the facilities available for the 2016 season. If £ 10,000 is raised, organizers believe this will send a strong message to grant-making organizations, which they will address for later phases of local community engagement.
The campaign has the backing of ITV cycling commentator Phil Liggett, who says that despite being 48 years after the Tour de France, his heart is in British cycling. He said: “In the longer term, the young people will benefit because the circuit will be vastly improved. “
“I donated because I think it’s very important, we want the young people of Cornwall to develop as cyclists after all. Cornwall has provided us with excellent professional cyclists and they do not yet have such facilities in Cornwall.