Wyre Forest Cycling Racing Club, Stourport Sports Club and British Cycling teamed up to secure the necessary funding to build a new closed road Circuit in the grounds of Stourport Sport Club on land owned by Wyre Forest District Council.
The finished track is set out as challenging circuit of just under one mile in length.
The circuit is finished to a high specification using a top coat covering of tarmac of 10mm aggregate over the 6m wide 1.5km closed road circuit. The layout of the circuit incorporates shallow but long climbs and descents with technical elements as well as flat sections which collectively will test the strength and skills of those using the circuit.
The circuit also incorporates two short cuts to allow emergency access across the circuit should the need arise. These short cuts can also be used to form shorter circuits for training and racing over six different combinations of circuit length. These circuits can also be reversed quite safely thus giving future race organisers many different options and combinations for racing.
The works were carried out by Walsh Construction Ltd from Worcester. Director Jon Bird, strove to produce the best cycling facility he could within the project budget and deadlines set by his client. Jon’s passion is driven by the fact that he once raced for Worcester St. John Cycling Club
The Stourport Sports Club facilities are also used for Hockey, Netball & Athletics with purpose built pitches and tracks. The development incorporates a modern brick built Sports Pavilion with a separate Learning & Education Centre belonging to Stourport High School. and changing facilities and fitness suites. The developers originally hoped to build the Road Circuit at exactly 1 mile, but problems were found within an area of site once used for land fill. The problem would prove to be too expensive to overcome and a compromise was agreed.
Stourport Sports Club, British Cycling, Wyre Forest CRC and Wyre Forest District Council have all worked together with a common goal to provide a first class facility for the 21st Century. The Stourport Sport Club’s dream is to make the sports village a National venture for sports participation and development. The closed road circuit was completed at the end of March 2009 Wyre Forest CRC are promoting and training on the purpose build facility- other clubs are welcome to use and or promote events by arrangement with SSC
The Stourport Sports Club are confident that this much needed facility will also attract other clubs to use the site such as in-line Skaters, walkers, running as well as hand cycling and other disability sports people.