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Peckham Olympic legacy BMX track opens

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A state of the art BMX track has opened in south-east London as part of the Olympic legacy following London 2012.

The £1.1m track at Burgess Park will become home to Peckham BMX Club, one of the country's top teams.

The project has been funded as part of Southwark Council's Olympic Legacy project, with British Cycling contributing £100,000.

Former Peckham rider and Olympian Tre Whyte said the new track would draw a new generation to BMX.

Two-year-old riders

Mr Whyte is part of the British Cycling Olympic Academy and competed in both the 2012 Games and world championships.

He said: "I started out training at the Peckham track, so I know what this means to the club and to young people in the area.

"Personally, it would have been amazing to have such a facility when I was growing up and I'm proud that the borough I grew up in is investing in it in such a major way."

The floodlit track will be open from 09:00 to 21:00 each day with sessions catering for all abilities, including introductions for riders as young as two years old.

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