Pump Track Wales, at Rhayader, which is believed to be the UK’s largest split BMX track, was officially opened on Saturday.

The design, which allows riders to race against each other, splitting either way on a mirrored circuit back to the start, was created by Arran Cartwright of Cartwright Associates and built by Clark and Kent Contractors.

The venue is open to all ages and is free to use. It will enable skills development and it is hoped it will add to the health and wellbeing of those who use it.

Its creators also believe it will encourage more visitors from further afield to come to Rhayader.

Kirsty Williams AM opened the event by cutting a ribbon, with Jane Dodds MP and Powys County Councillors witnessing the opening of a facility that it is hoped will turn Rhayader into the ‘Biking Capital of Wales’. Other officials present included the chairman of Powys County Council, Cllr Beverley Baynham and the chief executive of Powys County Council, Dr Caroline Turner.

A cycle coach was also on hand, along with two professional riders.

Pump Track Wales is located at Y Weirglodd, near Rhayader Rugby Club. Follow signs from the centre of Rhayader or SatNav ‘LD6 5BP’ and follow signs from Water Lane.