A $4.7 million WA-first cycling facility will open in Yanchep on Saturday, with the state-of-the-art track already set to host the State criterium championships in 2023.
The purpose-built track circling the Splendid Park ovals and hard courts is the State’s first full-sized off-road criterium circuit at 1.4km long and 6m to 8m wide.
Criterium racing involves cyclists completing laps of a self-contained closed-circuit track.
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The facility has been years in the making, with the City of Wanneroo working closely with the Northern Beaches Cycling Club, which had been pushing for a facility for cycling since 2013.
It comes after nearly 300 residents signed a petition in 2018 calling for a rider education centre and bike park in the City of Wanneroo for riders to practice away from traffic.
The new Yanchep circuit also includes a safe space for children to learn to ride.
The petition presented various proposals at the time, including around the Alkimos wastewater treatment plant and Butler north playing fields.
When the plans were put out for public consultation in 2020, they garnered huge support, with 97 per cent of the 348 respondents backing the park.
Detailed designs for the facility were endorsed by the council in 2021.
Northern Beaches Cycling Club president Chris Howard said Yanchep was set to become the cycling capital of the State.
Racers will christen the new track on Sunday with the club’s Splendid Park Criterium.
“It will be WA’s first dedicated off-road criterium circuit and is already booked for the State titles in 2023,” Dr Howard said.
“With an electronic timing system, everyone can turn and track their number of laps and personal bests via a track-side big screen”.
Wanneroo mayor Linda Aitken said the track had been designed for all levels of cycling in mind, from elite athletes to school students.
“It will also enable existing clubs such as the Yanchep Little Athletics Club to use the track for running and sprint training,” she said.
“The facility is set to become a premier venue for major events, with a track timing system, purpose-built registration area and event hub.”
The track was funded by the City of Wanneroo and $1.56 million from the Federal and State governments.