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Plans for £850,000 e-bike track centre revealed

By Jonny Drury | Llandrindod Wells | Business | Published:

Plans have been revealed to construct an e-bike motocross track and experience centre in Powys as part of an £850,000 investment.

The planned experience centre

The planned centre near Llandrindod Wells is a joint venture between a group of British businessmen who are in discussions with a major manufacturer of the world-leading battery-operated motocross e-bikes.

The e-bikes provide the same level of riding experience as conventional petrol engine motocross bikes but use clean-tech battery technology and are quieter.

Building designers and planning consultants Hughes Architects are to undertake a 28-day pre-planning consultation for the centre, to be based at an existing motocross site at Rhyd-blawd Farm.

A full planning application will be made for the nine-hectare site, which will include luxury treehouse accommodation for visitors, a visitor experience centre and on-site shop.

The centre will be based around the existing motocross course at the site, allowing visitors to experience the battery-powered e-bikes, as well as acting as a base for the sale of the world-leading technology in the UK.

Some petrol motocross bikes will still be used at the centre.

It comes as more attention focuses on clean-tech automotive technology, such as Formula E electric car racing championships.

Phil Wilding, one of the businessmen behind the project, said: "We're excited to be bringing a dedicated e-bike motocross experience to the UK and particularly this part of Mid Wales which has a rich heritage in motocross.

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"The technology allows the same great performance as petrol motocross bikes, but without the pollution often associated with it, including noise."

The plans and project information will be available at a portal on the Hughes Architects website where views can be submitted as part of the consultation.

The investment includes the creation of 15 jobs, including motocross experience staff and e-bike sales staff. A range of the e-bikes will be available for testing and to experience at the centre where competitive events are planned.

"We are looking forward to putting Mid Wales firmly on the clean-tech automotive map, using 21st-century technology that is bringing a well-loved sport into the environmentally conscious world," added Mr Wilding.

Jonny Drury

By Jonny Drury
@JonnyDrury_Star

Senior reporter covering Oswestry and Mid Wales.

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