The mountain bike park, which includes two tracks, at Boy Konen stadium in Luxembourg-Cessange was inaugurated to great fanfare on 15 September
Photo: Luxembourg City Council
The closure of Luxembourg City's much-heralded cycle park because of torrential downpours has forced a club to postpone its school.
The mountain bike park, which includes two tracks, at Boy Konen stadium in Luxembourg-Cessange was inaugurated to great fanfare on 15 September. Costing around €325,000, its opening was eagerly awaited by the three cycling clubs who made the initial request to the city council.
But the buzz was short-lived as heavy rain forced authorities to close it this week. “the tracks suffered and a solution must be found soon to resolve the problems caused by the rain,” cycling club Pédale Mühlenbach’s technical advisor Romain Engels told Delano on 20 September.
He explained that the city authority had taken the matter up with the firm who built them.
“The closure, after many months of waiting, is all the more regrettable for the cycling clubs of the City of Luxembourg because the summer season was "lost" due to the holidays, and thus preparation for the cyclo-cross season was also impossible,” he said.
As a result of the closure, Pédale Mühlenbach had to delay its activities and shelve the opening of its cycling school, which was originally due to open on 18 September. Engels added that while the park was unique to Luxembourg, while it remained closed it was no good to anyone.
Michel Zangerlé of club SaF Zéisseng, meanwhile, said the council made the right decision in closing the park.