MOUNTAIN bikers are being warned to keep off the new Olympic course at Hadleigh Farm Country Park for their own safety.
Police have told riders to keep clear of the 5km looped circuit for health and safety reasons after the completion of the world-class course earlier this year.
The course includes steep declines and rock jumps which have been described as “very physically demanding” by Team Great Britain rider and former Commonwealth champion Liam Killeen.
The Olympic track is fenced off and has signs from security and police to warn people that it would be very dangerous for anyone to try and ride it. There are also wooden barriers on some of the track at points to prevent this.
Police say these measures have been put in place for park users’ own safety as the track is designed to an Olympic standard and parents are warned to advise their kids not to go there.
PS Chris Bramhill, from the police cycle team, said: "We don't want anyone getting injured in the run up to the Olympics and we will be patrolling the area at regular intervals."
Plans for a ‘legacy’ course to be developed for local riders to use after the Olympics are still in discussion.