Preview: Round 11 – Buile Hill Park, Salford
For the second year in a row, the NWCCA finale takes place in the heart of the city of Salford. Buile Hill Park mixes fast grass track with challenging off-cambers, ramps and pits in the former pitch and putt golf course.
The course is much the same as last year, though there are some extras – sadly no snow, though. Apart from a couple of spots – you’ll find them soon enough! – the whole area is well drained. So with no rain in the forecast, the racing is likely to be fast and furious. And with lots of league placings up for grabs across every category, expect some sustained and committed jostling for position.
The venue is just a couple of minutes drive from Junction 2 of the M602. At the roundabout, follow the signs for Pendleton, go past Salford Royal Hospital through a couple of sets of traffic lights. As you crest the hill, you’ll see the park on your right. Drive to the east end of the park, and you’ll see the turning to Chaseley Road on your left. Car parking is in Buile Hill Academy M6 8RD.
There will be on site catering from Leivers and Co. Neutral service will be provided in the start/finish area, thanks to the mechanics from Evans Cycles Trafford Park store. Thanks also to Swift Hire in Walkden for their support.
Sign on and parking
Like last year, sign-on will be in the start/finish village. Sign-on and race timings as per the usual NWCCA listings.
The council is being much more strict about parking this year – there must be only a minimum number of participants’ vehicles inside the park itself. Marshalls will direct you to the car park at Buile Hill Academy on Cheseley Road, which is just across the road from the park itself. We can allow vehicles into the park to drop off water at the pits, but they need to move them off the park for the rest of the day or use the car park at the east end of Buile Hill.
Under no circumstances should you try to park on the tarmac parallel to Eccles Old Road – this is an emergency route and we cannot allow any obstructions.
Our thanks to all the NWCCA organisers and volunteers, to Salford Cycling Club, and to Salford City Council park rangers for their advice and support.
See you on Saturday.