National Cycling Centre
The HSBC UK National Cycling Centre opened its doors in 1994 as Britain’s first ever indoor Olympic-standard cycling track and remains still one of the world’s finest, fastest and busiest board tracks, offering a comprehensive programme of activities for cyclists of all ages.
The centre is managed by Eastlands Trust and is available to everyone in Greater Manchester, from the complete novice, and local school children to cycling enthusiast and elite level cyclists. Since opening, the centre has famously become known as the ‘medal factory’ and home to the extremely successful Great Britain Cycling Team, establishing household names for the likes of Sir Chris Hoy, Dame Sarah Storey, Sir Bradley Wiggins, Jason Kenny and Laura Kenny who all trained at the centre ahead of successful Beijing, London and Rio Olympic and Paralympic Games.
The centre also houses newly purpose-built offices for British Cycling – the nation’s largest cycling organisation and the national governing body responsible for cycle sport.
In July 2011, the National Cycling Centre expanded significantly with the launch of the world’s only indoor purpose-built BMX complex, including a permanent indoor track and seating for two thousand people. The expansion included the addition of a BMX Skillszone, complete with a pump track and technical trail features, catering for riders of all ages and experience levels, from 18 months old and upwards, novice to elite level.
The National Cycling Centre’s mountain bike trail runs through Clayton Vale, an expansive landscape through the neighbouring Medlock River Valley. Riders can choose from 4 different leafy trails covering 12km, each representing a skill level ranging from easy to expert.