Black Mountains Cycle Centre faces closure... but you can help
We love the Black Mountains Cycle Centre. It's raw, it's friendly and it really does feel like a bunch of blokes showing you their local tracks.
Unfortunately this has landed it in a bit of trouble. It now contains some of Britain's biggest jumps and attracts pros from all over the world but it's faced with having to apply for retrospective planning permission due to the unforeseen growth and success of the business in the last 18 months.
If it doesn't get the planning permission it needs it faces being shut down. That would be a massive blow to the UK riding community but also to the local area's economy that has benefitted massively from the influx of riders.
To help with the planning permission application, the BMCC has launched a petition to show the interest in the centre. It needs as many signatures as possible (and already has over 800 in an hour) but let's smash it and show the local council just how great this centre is! Let's not forget the BMCC is in a National Park so there could be significant opposition to this.
BMCC said: "The bike centre has been a positive farm diversification in which existing woodland has been transformed to provide enjoyment to thousands of mountain bike enthusiasts as well as stimulating the local economy with local pubs, shops and B&B’s profiting from the extra people in the area. The bike centre also creates jobs within a community that is finding it increasingly difficult to make a living from agriculture in the local area.
"If you want BMCC to remain open and feel that it is having a positive effect on the Brecon Beacons National Park please sign the petition. Thank you."
Get involved and sign. It only takes two minutes and could save one of the UK's best riding spots