Manawatu is on the cusp of a massive opportunity, and the people of this region have an integral role in making it a reality.
Manawatu's bid to be home of a national cycling centre of excellence has been signed, sealed, and delivered to Wellington, and those behind the region's proposal should be applauded for ensuring we have the best possible chance of success.
The City Council and Massey University have come together to formulate a proposal to build the velodrome next to the International Rugby Institute on the university's grounds.
If Manawatu's bid is successful, Bike NZ will bring its headquarters to Palmerston North and the velodrome will be complemented by an international-standard BMX track and mountain biking route. The cycling centre will link with Massey's sports science programme, providing expert technical and training support to top cyclists from around New Zealand and the world. Quite simply, Manawatu's bid to host the cycling centre looks impossible to beat.
Click on the picture to the right to see a bigger version of a possible mountain bike trail at the Turitea Campus. Please note that while this is the route proposed in the Manawatu bid, this is only a concept plan of what could be possible. Course length is 6km.
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