Milton Keynes BMX Racing Club
Riders at Milton Keynes BMX Racing Club no longer have any excuses for a slow start as the purpose-built track at Pineham now has a brand-new UCI (Union Cyclist International) standard barrel start gate, thanks to a 23,000 grant from local construction firm Mick George Ltd who operate a site close by.
The new start gate was officially unveiled at an opening ceremony that took place this week and has already hosted a regional race which featured 159 riders, all of which were comforted in the knowledge that the start-gate was unlikely to ‘fail’.
In recent times, the schedule for both training sessions and competitive race meetings have been severely hampered due to the inadequacies of the existing ‘start gate’ which has triggered fixture cancellations and venue changes, consequently causing financial implications for the Club.
As one of the countries most established BMX clubs boasting more than 350 members from across Milton Keynes and the surrounding counties, it is hoped that the new start gate will permit further success stories associated with the Club, having already had representatives compete at national and international levels.
Karis Pattinson, Chairman at Milton Keynes BMX Racing Club said: ‘’The start gate is the heartbeat of the track and forms a vital part of any race. The new addition will bring the track back to life enabling us to actively continue to develop our riders and encourage the local community to get involved. We are over the moon with results and are very grateful to Mick George Ltd for their contribution.’’
Stuart Costello, Marketing Director at Mick George Ltd commented: ‘’Although we’ve supported over one-hundred different projects through the Community Fund, this is the first BMX led initiative. It’s pleasing to see that the money is being utilised by a wide range of audiences.’’
Costello continued: ‘’My knowledge of BMX riding is fairly sparse, but I’d assume a good start is of paramount importance, so I’m sure the new start gate will be hugely beneficial for all users.’’