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Work starts on clubhouse for Hillingdon Cycle Circuit

New building will provide changing and coaching facilities for youngsters

Work has started on a new £715,000 clubhouse at Hillingdon Cycle Circuit, which is due to be completed in May ahead of a National Youth Series meeting at the West London venue.

Completion of the new building at the circuit in Minet Country Park, Hayes, which hosts some 300 cycling events a year plus sports including Nordic skiing and in-line skating, will coincide with increased use of the track by schools, and will provide youngsters with facilities for changing and coaching.

It also means that the circuit’s younger users, who will be looking to follow in the footsteps of the likes of Bradley Wiggins and Roger Hammond, will not have to make the trek to the nearby Goals Soccer Centre to get changed, although older cyclists will still be expected to use those facilities.

Hillingdon Council and British Cycling each provided £350,000 funding for the clubhouse, with the balance provided by the circuit’s Users Group, who operate the facility on behalf of the council, and the track’s youth group, the Hillingdon Slipstreamers Club.

Stuart Benstead, who chairs the Users Group, said: "We are most grateful to the council for its investment, encouragement and guidance in obtaining this clubhouse.”

He added: "We have a huge team of volunteers running events at the circuit seven days a week for much of the year, catering for everybody within the local community and around."

Councillor Henry Higgins, Hillingdon Council Cabinet Member for Culture, Sport and Leisure, said: "I am delighted that this development is underway.”

He continued: “With the new Botwell and Hillingdon leisure centres also due to open soon, this is a further indication of our commitment and continued investment in leisure facilities in the borough.

"We have been working in Partnership with British Cycling, who have been fantastic to deal with, and we look forward to its grand opening in this summer.

"It was also important that any building work undertaken was in keeping with Minet Country Park, and nothing was done on such a scale as to impact significantly on the surrounding area.

Mr Higgins concluded: "It will be of huge benefit for all residents, and particularly for cyclists of all abilities. We hope to continue to lead the way with these sorts of facilities that offer dual usage."

Simon joined as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.

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