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Monday, September 26, 2016

National Cycling Centre

Much of the success in recent years for British cycling at the Olympics and Tour de France can be put down to the National Cycling Centre in Manchester. Riders such as Sir Chris Hoy and Sir Bradley Wiggins have made their base here.

National Cycling Centre, Manchester

The National Cycling Centre opened in 1994 and has a world class board track as well as a more recent indoor BMX track and outdoor mountain bike trails that run through the green space in Clayton Vale.

National Cycling Centre, Manchester.

The Manchester Velodrome as it was then called, was built for the World Track Cycling Championships in 1996. The velodrome was a central part of Manchester's unsuccessful bids to host the Olympic Games in 1996 and 2000.

National Cycling Centre, Manchester, UK.

The track is available for use by riders of all abilities. Regular courses are held for novices to learn how to access the track safely and to ride safely with other solo riders. These novice starter courses feed in to accreditation courses for the over 15's who want to get more involved in the sport.

National Cycling Centre, Manchester, UK.

The velodrome hosts regular competitions including next month's World Masters Track Cycling Championships 2016 from October 1-8.

The National Cycling Center also has courses in basic bicycle maintenance and has facilities for other sports such as futsal, badminton, netball, handball and basketball.

The Velopark Cafe on site serves tasty refreshments after a hard day's cycling. It is also possible to book a weekday tour with the possibility of seeing Team GB training. The tour takes in the facilities at the National Cycling Centre and the British Cycling Hall of Fame, the Reg Harris statue and the Beryl Burton display.

Velopark Cafe, National Cycling Centre.

National Cycling Centre
Stuart Street
M11 4DQ
Tel: 0161 223 2244


From Piccadilly Gardens take bus number 216 to Sportcity (10 minutes). By Metrolink to Velopark Station. The National Cycling Centre is a short walk from Manchester City's Etihad Stadium and the Manchester Tennis and Football Centre.

National Cycling Centre.

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Monday, September 19, 2016

Snowdon Mountain Railway

Snowdon Mountain Railway in North Wales has been celebrating its 120th anniversary this year. The Snowdon Mountain Railway is one of several scenic railways in Britain.

Snowdon Mountain Railway began in 1896 and the 4.7-mile (7.2-km) railway has transported passengers from Llanberis, at the foot of Snowdon, to the 3560-foot (1085-metre) summit of the mountain (the highest peak in Wales) ever since (despite a fatal accident on its very first journey).

Snowdon Mountain Railway, Wales.

In fact, so popular has the railway become that around 130,000 people ride the trains in season and advanced booking is usually necessary. The railway is now owned and operated by British Heritage plc.

The Snowdon Mountain Railway is Britain's only rack and pinion mountain railway, and also has the nation's highest station, perched just below Snowdon's summit. On clear days the views over the surrounding Snowdon mountains are simply spectacular. An interesting new visitor centre has recently opened at the top station.

Snowdon Mountain Railway, Wales.

Given the local geography it comes as little surprise that the railway is operated in some of Britain's harshest weather conditions. Services are stopped in cases of extreme weather, with the line remaining closed in the winter season from November through to mid-March. Steam and diesel locomotives hauling individual carriages take about an hour to complete the journey from Llanberis along a single track narrow gauge line.

Those lucky enough to have tickets on "The Snowdon Lily" or newer "The Snowdon Mountain Goat" carriages will be pushed by one of the railway's original 1896 steam locomotives.

The Snowdon Mountain Railway connects with the Llanberis Lake Railway at Llanberis Station on the A4086.

Online Ticket Prices
Adult: (16 years+)
Return From £29.00
Child: (3 - 15 years)
Return From £20.00

Snowdon Mountain Railway
LL55 4TT


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