New cycling facilities open ahead of Birmingham 2022

A new cycling trail for the Commonwealth Games has opened at Cannock Chase.

Funding for the new facilities was secured from Sport England, British Cycling and local councils and has allowed Forestry England to develop the new blue-graded trail that will be used during the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games.

Commonwealth Games Minister Nigel Huddleston said: “This site is not only playing host to one of the many exciting Birmingham 2022 sporting events, but is also levelling up access to cycling facilities for all and leaving a lasting legacy for the local community.

“Thanks to Games partners and local councils, the new facilities at Cannock Chase will inspire the next generation of mountain bikers, conserve beautiful woodland and promote both the environmental and health benefits of getting on a bike.”

Andy Harvey-Coggins, recreation manager, Forestry England Cannock Chase Forest, said: “We have wanted to further develop our cycling offer at Cannock Chase Forest for a long time and being selected as the mountain biking venue for the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games really was the catalyst to make our dreams a reality.

“The funding from Sport England allowed us to develop our mountain biking offer and make the forest a cycling centre of excellence for the West Midlands.”