The ninth round of the Western Cyclocross League on the 13th November will be held at the Somerdale Pavilion in Keynsham on a brand new course. Two local cycling clubs (Velo Club Walcot and Salt & Sham CC) have been working in collaboration to prepare an exciting cyclocross circuit to bring racing to Keynsham for the first time. Riders will be tackling a 2.5km circuit close to the old chocolate factory currently being redeveloped by Taylor Wimpey.
The management of the Somerdale Pavilion, Aquaterra, and Taylor Wimpey have been very supportive of the work done to create a venue for the event. With the support of Avid Sport and the local authority a course that will challenge everyone from those new to cyclocross to seasoned veterans has emerged.
The hope is that going forward this will become a facility that the people of Keynsham can use on a regular basis, and with the support of those involved that does not appear to be too far in the future. British Cycling have arranged for a cyclocross coaching course to be held at the venue in the spring so that the sport can continue to be developed in the local area. The local youth cycling club, the Sulis Scorpions, will be holding there club championships at the Western League round.