Canada has them, the US has them, Europe has them but indoor mountain bike parks never really took off in the UK... until now. If you want to escape the British rain and ride inside, Dirt Factory have found a premises and are due to be fully open to the public in late March.
Dirt Factory, who first reached their crowd funding target
of £400,000 in 2016, will open as a pop-up being created inside a disused 25,000 sq ft warehouse off the Mancunian Way. While most indoor parks are made from wood, around 2,000 tonnes of reclaimed soil will be used to create the Dirt Factory Pop-Up. The dirt will be sculpted into "a range of exciting bike trails and features, designed for riders of all ages and abilities". It also means that that the team are able to continually evolve and change up the park layout, keeping it fresh for return riders.
The site at Mayfield, next to Manchester Piccadilly train station, will create up to 10 full and part-time jobs. The team will be supported by more than 50 volunteers who have signed up to support the venture. The Dirt Factory Pop-Up will be open for up to two years before moving to a permanent home at a larger facility in Greater Manchester.
In the long term, the 24-acre Mayfield site will be transformed into a world-class urban quarter, delivering new office and leisure space, the first city centre park in more than 100 years, as well as 1,300 homes and a hotel.