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Bikepark Wales mountain bike centre opens in Merthyr Tydfil

A privately run £2m mountain bike centre which it is hoped will attract 35,000 riders in its first year is opening in the south Wales valleys.

Bikepark Wales in Merthyr Tydfil aims to cater for a range of abilities from beginners to elite professionals.

Director and Welsh downhill mountain bike champion Rowan Sorrell said it must encourage riders to keep coming back.

BBC Wales economics correspondent Sarah Dickins says mountain biking is growing at a "rapid pace".

She spoke to mountain biker David Hunt, Bikepark Wales director Rowan Sorrell and the company's finance director Anna Walters.

  • 24 Aug 2013