BMX bandits get in gear on track!

The long awaited BMX track at Barrowcliff was officially opened at the weekend. And below, Andy Barton, from North Yorkshire County Council's Connecting Youth Culture shows off hat designs with Chloe Hall, front, Rachael Cross, left, and with Chloe's sister Charlotte.
The long awaited BMX track at Barrowcliff was officially opened at the weekend. And below, Andy Barton, from North Yorkshire County Council's Connecting Youth Culture shows off hat designs with Chloe Hall, front, Rachael Cross, left, and with Chloe's sister Charlotte.
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BUDDING BMX stars across Scarborough are ramping up their skills after the official opening of a new track.

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The Gallows Park Close BMX park, in Barrowcliff, opened to a huge fanfare as scores of riders queued up to show off their ability on the tricky terrain.

The track - which features a number of testing jumps - was passed by Scarborough Council bosses in September and saw youngsters get their hands dirty to bring it to fruition.

Built with support from Groundwork North Yorkshire, the track was opened with a demonstration ride from Robbie Cheetham who flew around the course to rapturous applause.

There was also a smaller finger bicycle tournament on a mini-track made from recycled materials, a design a cap event and a DJ playing music throughout the day.

Jeni Loosley, youth project officer for Groundwork North Yorkshire, who helped make the track a reality, said the feedback on the course has been tremendous.

She said: “The youngsters absolutely love the track and really enjoyed being able to help with the building of the track.

“They will get a lot from the track and already we have seen lots of riders using the track.

“They really like the track and the chance to be able to able to get out on their bikes in a safe and fun environment.”

The track, which was approved despite fears from some residents over potential anti-social behaviour, also won praise from cllr Bill Chatt, who represents the Woodlands ward on the authority.

He said the track was a great addition to the area.

He added: “It is fantastic and its not just what the residents want it’s what the kids want as well.

“It’s one of the best things that have happened here in years.”