The Astley and Tyldesley Cycling Club are delighted to announce that they
have been successful in securing funding with assistance from British
Cycling to re-build the Gin Pit Cycle Speedway Track.
The current Gin Pit Track was built 25 years ago, by three volunteers, on a
‘shoestring budget’, when the club first started. The funding package will
allow the track to be rebuilt and re-profiled to modern standards, with new
fencing, drainage and shale which will improve the experience for all
Astley and Tyldesley are a British Cycling Go-Ride Accredited Club and have
held Sport England Clubmark status since 2005, demonstrating a long-term
commitment to developing cycling for young people. They have also recently
formed a women's section.
Club secretary and founder member Mike Hack is delighted. "This is a massive
boost for the club. The new track will mean that our race circuit will be of
a comparable standard to most other cycle speedway tracks in the UK, which
were built by local authorities to professional construction standards.
"Club members will not need to spend as much time maintaining and repairing
the track, thereby freeing them up for more coaching and development work.
The club will benefit from having reduced maintenance and repair costs,
whilst club members and visiting riders will enjoy riding on a better
The work starts on Monday 21 March and is planned to be completed within six
weeks. In the meantime, Astley and Tyldesley have swapped their home
fixtures during this period.