HISTORY will be made on Saturday with the opening of Pump Track Wales in Rhayader.

The new facility is believed to be the UK’s largest split Pump Track, where riders can race against each other, splitting either way on a mirrored track back to the start.

The design was created by Arran Cartwright of Cartwright Associates and built by Clark and Kent Contractors following a successful collaboration with Rhayader Town Council and Rhayader and District Sports and Recreational Association which included months of hard work from volunteers and support of the community.

The construction has only been possible following financial support from Welsh Governments EU Rural Community Rural Development Programme, Big Lottery Fund and Powys County Council

Liberal Democrat Assembly Member Kirsty Williams and newly elected Brecknock and Radnorshire MP Jane Dodds will be joined by county councillors in witnessing the opening of the facility at 11am on Saturday.

Crowds will be entertained by trade stalls and exhibitions from BMX enthusiasts while a cycle coach on hand to show people how to use the new track as well as two pro-riders showing spectators their skills.

The new facility further boosts Rhayader’s claims of being the biking capital of Wales.

Town councillor Rhys Thomas said: “I think we are the biking capital of Wales and with this addition then probably the United Kingdom.”

Kelvyn Curry of Rhayader Recreation Association added: “People in Rhayader should be proud to have such an asset in their town.”