The Bike Park, which features seven trails for riders of all ages and abilities, numerous jumps, drops and berms, has already been attracting enthusiasts, both civilians and the forces at the nearby garrison towns.
With the future of the site put in the balance by concerns that the trails on site were too challenging, CTC, the national cycling charity stepped in to support Tidworth Freeride and now welcomes the Park to the CTC Bike Park Network. It joins four others in the charity’s partnership mountain bike sites across the UK.
The Tidworth Bike Park will be officially opened by Lt Col David Barron, the Deputy Commander of Tidworth, Netheravon and Bulford Garrison on behalf of the Ministry of Defence and the Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO) which is running the site in partnership with CTC and Tidworth Freeride.
Phil Potts founder of the Tidworth Freeride club says, “It’s a milestone in Tidworth Freeride's history - I’ve never doubted that we’d be back riding officially on the site and there are so many people to thank for making this possible.
It’s great to see the hard work put in by our volunteers rewarded in this way and we look forward to working with CTC and DIO to get more people riding here."
Far too many people have helped for me to name them all individually, but we are especially grateful to 26 Engineers Perham Down in the guise of Staff Sgt Justin Lane and his men who have helped build the car park.”