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New bike track will open soon to serve North Kildare

Callan O'Boyle (left) and Ewan Wood and the new BMX track in St Catherines.

Callan O'Boyle (left) and Ewan Wood and the new BMX track in St Catherines.

The new international standard bike track at St. Catherine’s is not open yet but it looks set to be a top attraction in north Kildare/west Dublin area.

The Lucan BMX club said last week the track is not yet open to anyone as per the instructions of Fingal County Council. “As soon as the council give us the go ahead we will open it immediately.

The ribbon was cut at the track, within walking distance of Leixlip from the Black Aveneue on 29 June by Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Leo Varadkar TD along with track designer and current World Number 1, Kelvin Batey.

Cycling Ireland’s CEO, Geoff Liffey and President, Denis Toomey where also on hand, as was Minister Leo Varadker, to witness the track opening and the thrilling racing to follow.

Last Wednesday evening, 9 July, the Leader met Callan O’Boyle and Ewan Wood at the track.

Earlier this year, the duo, who have just completed their Leaving Cert at Confey College, were honoured in Leixlip Town Council’s Civic Awards for their role in campaining for the building of the track, which will be able to host international BMX events.

While the pair, who both plan to study engineering at DCU, are not BMX bike owners - they do mountain bike stuff - they were part of a five strong core group who built their own temporary bike area at St. Catherine’s. “At first the authorities were not too happy but they could not get us out,” said the duo, who added that work on park got going in 2011.

The new track, which will be run by Lucan BMX, hosted the fourth round of the Irish championship on 29 June. Callan and Ewan were on on car park duty that day.

 

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