Many policy agendas recognise the benefit of encouraging more people to cycle more often – health benefits for all ages and an environmentally-friendly mode of transport. Cyclo-sportive events offer economic development and promotional opportunities for host destinations.
At elite sport level, for several years the UK has produced top cyclists, such as Sir Chris Hoy, Victoria Pendleton, Mark Cavendish and Bradley Wiggins. Interest in the sport is likely to grow further since Bradley Wiggins won the Tour de France and the numerous medals won in the 2012 London Olympics, and in the run up to the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.
This project seeks to develop cycling in all its facets in and around Huntly. A key plank of the strategy is to build on the facilities at Huntly Nordic & Outdoor Centre. Land next to the HNOC, which was zoned for housing, can no longer be developed due to flood risk, leaving a large area of land suitable for recreation purposes. Scottish Cycling the governing body of the sport in Scotland are interested in helping us create a regional cycling development hub there, with facilities for road, mountain bike and BMX. More widely, Huntly & District offers fantastic diverse cycling opportunities: short, relatively flat road circuits, longer more hilly outings e.g. into the Cairngorms National Park and off-road forest tracks in the immediate vicinity of the town.
An initial study into the concept has shown that there is support for the idea amongst user groups in the area but that more work is required on the structure and finances.
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