A Castle Point Borough Council planning department spokesperson confirmed to BikeRadar that the plans, originally proposed by Essex County Council and landowner The Salvation Army, had been greenlit.
The park post-2012 will not just be geared towards mountain biking but the whole community. The cross-country course, currently set-up to test the skills of the world’s best cross-country racers, will be adapted to make it suitable for all abilities, while a wider network of trails and paths will be developed for cyclists, runners and walkers.
As well as the adapted mountain biking course, there will be a separate ‘skills area’, a space measuring 2,850 square metres with rock obstacles and jumps. Plans suggest it will be built within an individual area rather than interconnecting trails.
How cool would it be to ride the Olympic course on your weekly ride?
Down here in GA the 1996 Olympic Trail has been open to the public for years, and a lot of people do just that! Personally, I think it’s one of the coolest trails in the metro-Atlanta area, but it is definitely a WAY different style than the new MTB Olympic Track.