Speedway hopes on track

PUBLISHED: 06:37 06 July 2006 | UPDATED: 09:34 24 May 2010

PLANS are being made to set up a cycle speedway track on Weston's Bournville estate. The derelict Bournville Recreation Ground has been earmarked and organisers are seeking funding to have the grass cut for an oval track. The sport is similar to speedway

PLANS are being made to set up a cycle speedway track on Weston's Bournville estate.The derelict Bournville Recreation Ground has been earmarked and organisers are seeking funding to have the grass cut for an oval track.The sport is similar to speedway but riders use specially adapted bicycles instead of motorbikes.Organiser Christopher Headly competed in Bristol and hopes to get sponsorship to buy four bikes for children who join the club.He said: "There's lots of children going about the estates on bikes, so I'm sure there's the demand for it."Riders use their elbows to jostle for position as they speed round the bends. It's a great way to get rid of aggression and it keeps you fit as you have to pedal very fast."A lot of speedway riders start off on bicycles and then move on, but cycle speedway is also an international sport and these youngsters could move onto that."The nearest cycle track is in Filton and it is hoped fixtures could be organised with the Bristol club when the track is up and running.A £9,000 shale track could eventually be laid if the club attracts enough members.Cycle speedway club chairman, Councillor Ian Parker, is holding talks with North Somerset Council to see who owns the recreation ground and if the grass can be cut for the oval.He said: "This is a brilliant idea and it will give youngsters a worthwhile activity to get involved in."I can't see a reason why the piece of land can't be used for this purpose. The sooner we can get the project off the ground the better.

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