Top riders help open Rhyl mountain bike track

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Staff reporter (Rhyl Journal)

SOME of the country's top mountain bike riders have tested a new pump track at Rhyl's Marsh Tracks.

The two kilometre track, which was officially opened last week, was built from 45,000 tons of material excavated from the Rhyl Cut.

It was funded through the European Regional Development Fund and Visit Wales’ Environment for Growth Sustainable Tourism Project.

Gren Kirshaw, chairman of the Marsh Tracks board said: "Marsh Tracks is a true cycling centre of excellence, with a closed circuit track for road cycling and a BMX track and the addition of the new mountain bike pump tack.

"What we are about is trying to get more people on bikes, right from beginners to those on competing at the highest level.

"There is nothing more satisfying that seeing people progress in ability down at the track.

"The new track is a great addition to the facilities here."

The track was built for less than it would have cost to take the excavated material to landfill.

Wideopen Mountain Bike Magazine teamed up with mountain bike film makers Aspect Media to capture some of the country’s best riders on the track for the opening to provide a taste of what the track has to offer.

Cllr Raymond Bartley, chairman of Denbighshire Council, said: "It is so pleasing to see an area, which was not so long ago an old tip site transformed to create such a wonderful asset for local people and visitors to the area.

"Facilities such as Marsh Tracks are key in creating healthy active communities and also contributing to the tourism economy."

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