All ages & abilities welcome at new Queen Elizabeth Country Park mountain bike tracks

Four new bike tracks have opened at Queen Elizabeth Country Park near Petersfield aimed at giving adults and children the chance to try out mountain biking and to help keen riders to develop their skills further

Aug 1 2023

The Country Park is set to host a family bike day for all ages on Thursday 3 August to celebrate the opening the new facility, offering free bike skills sessions, guided rides, bike hire, and cycle safety checks.

Councillor Russell Oppenheimer, the County Council’s Cabinet Member for Countryside and Regulatory Services said: “We want Queen Elizabeth Country Park to be the first-choice destination for mountain bike enthusiasts in Hampshire. The location is already well used by experienced cyclists, and the new tracks are specially designed to encourage even more people to enjoy off road biking, especially children, families or anyone who wants to try off-road biking in this beautiful setting for the first time. We hope this will help people to build their confidence and skills at their own pace in a supportive environment.’’

The four new tracks consist of:
A mini wheels track for children on balance bikes or first pedal bike
A mini wheels skills area offering a chance for young riders to experience the basics of off-road riding
A mountain bike skills area consisting of a short trail for beginners and intermediate riders to develop their skills 
A mountain bike coaching area to support riders to develop their skills
 
The project has been possible due to £0.25million of funding from the County Council, British Cycling, Sport England, South Downs National Park Authority, and additional support from East Hampshire District Council. The aim is to attract new people to off-road cycling, especially those who are traditionally less likely to take part in the sport, including women.

British Cycling's Business Planning Manager, Ruth Miller added: "At British Cycling, we were delighted to use our fantastic Places to Ride award for such an exciting project, and it has been amazing to be involved at every stage of the journey from the initial vision to what we see today.

"The team of officers and volunteers from the local cycling community have put in a huge effort to reimagine the cycling offer at the Queen Elizabeth Country Park. We're really excited to see how the new provision will support diversification of the user base at the park, as well as encouraging more people of all abilities to cycle.

"It's an excellent offer at the site and really does have something for everyone. We look forward to seeing cycling at Queen Elizabeth Country Park thrive for years to come, and contribute to the future development of cyclists."

For more information about the family bike day event and to book onto free children’s and adult coaching sessions, visit: https://www.hants.gov.uk/thingstodo/countryparks/qecp/visit-us/whatson/family-bike-day-2023

Queen Elizabeth Country Park is already a popular destination for cyclists due to its mountain bike trails, off road tracks and connections to national cycle routes including the South Downs Way. For more information: Queen Elizabeth Country Park.