Hitting the saddle for opening of attraction

Seven year old, BMX champion, Imogen Hill

Seven year old, BMX champion, Imogen Hill

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ARE you ready to bunny hop and footjam tailwhip your way to Blackpool’s newest two-wheel attraction?

The star of the Big Blackpool Bike Bash this year will be the new, national standard BMX track in Stanley Park.

Before the event though, one local nine year old BMX champ has had a look and given it her approval.

Imogen Hill, nine, from Albion Avenue, is National BMX Racing Champion for her age and a member of local Goldcoast BMX club.

The club will be moving to make the race track their permanent base when it opens later in the year.

She was one of the first riders to have a go on the track when it was completed and says it’s great.

Andrew Hill, Imogen’s Dad said ‘The track is absolutely fantastic, one of the best in the country and it’s a dream come true for Imogen having this facility on her doorstep.

“It will definitely help her progress and it will hopefully bring more kids from Blackpool into the exciting sport of BMX racing and give them an outlet to focus their energy on’.

The track has been built in partnership between Blackpool Council, British Cycling, Cycling England and Blackpool NHS.

It is 380m long, making it one of the longest tracks in the country. It will host regional and national level competitions bringing more riders in to the town to make use of the track.

It will also be open for public use so residents of any age can have a go at their leisure

Coun Graham Cain, Cabinet Member for Tourism and Culture said: “This is yet another landmark for Blackpool.

“It will bring with it national recognition for the town in this very spectator friendly sport.

“It will also increase the opportunity for our residents to try out a new sport and make use of a free facility in our park.”

If you fancy having a go on the track you can take the opportunity at the Big Blackpool Bike Bash taking place on June 26 between 10am and 4pm

The track will be officially opened later in the year by British Cycling and members of Blackpool Council.