The 22nd Commonwealth Games will be hosted by Birmingham from 28 July to 8 August. We were thrilled that Cannock Chase District played a part in this international sporting event when we hosted the Men’s and Women’s Mountain Biking event on 3 August.
The cream of the Commonwealth countries’ mountain bikers descended on Cannock Chase Forest, known locally as Birches Valley and managed by Forestry England, to compete for medals over a world class course. In this country the sport is in good health: at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, Great Britain's Tom Pidcock won Gold, and Malvern's Evie Richards was seventh in the women's event before going onto to become the Women's Cross- Country Champion at the 2021 Mountain Bike World Championships.
Cannock Chase Forest is already well known as a centre for mountain biking with two established waymarked trails called `Follow the Dog` and the `Monkey Trail`, as well as being the location of the Cannock Chase Cycle Centre.
Cannock Chase is the northernmost venue for the Games and as such is `represented` on the Games official logo as the top of a triangular configuration that plots the locations of all the Games’ venues.
The attention the Games has brought to the District, especially from international television audiences where mountain biking is one of the most popular spectacles, was significant and especially the legacy created. Cannock Chase Council, Forestry England and Staffordshire County Council, as the organising partners, worked with the team at Birmingham 2022 to make the preparations and to deliver a successful event.
We will include below information of particular relevance to our District as it is published. For further information on the Commonwealth Games visit the official website here.
Leaflet on Cycling in Cannock Chase
Although the 2,500 tickets allocated to the Mountain biking events have sold out, there are still some tickets available at other venues including major stadia such as Edgbaston in Birmingham and the Coventry Stadium in Coventry. To set up a ticket account to apply for tickets go to Ticket Account. Here are details of the Full Competition Schedule. Please note that tickets can only be purchased from https://www.birmingham2022.com/
How to watch on 3 August
Tickets to watch the mountain biking event at Cannock Chase Forest have sold out. Ticket holders will be able to see the start and finish of the race, medal ceremonies and to follow the riders on a giant TV screen as they navigate the trail. The action starts on 3 August at 11.30am and continues until 4pm.
If you haven’t got a ticket…
- The best place to enjoy all the action will be live on the BBC (TV, radio and online).
- There will also be a giant screen in Cannock town centre on 3 August where you can watch all the action for free.
- There is a free shuttle bus service from Stafford rail station to Cannock Chase Forest on 3 August, if you are able to make your way to Stafford. The service is available to ticketed and non-ticketed spectators.
- You are able to watch the riders along the trail route as the area is public access land. Marshalls will be positioned along the route to ensure the safety of spectators and riders.
- If you wish to come along to watch the riders on the trail route, the advice is to arrive by bike or take the shuttle bus (there is a cycling map covering recommended routes in Cannock Chase at https://www.staffordshire.gov.uk/transport/cycling/cyclemaps.aspx). There will be secure cycle parking to leave your bike at Cannock Chase Forest, which will be clearly signed. From here you can walk to the trail route. Or you may wish to walk to Cannock Chase Forest using the recognised footpaths and bridleways.
- If you can only travel to Cannock Chase Forest by car, there is limited Pre-Booked Parking available off Shooting Butts Road. There will be no parking available at Cannock Chase Forest. More details from www.birmingham2022.com/venues/cannock-chase-forest (see `Driving`).
- Please note that parts of Cannock Chase Forest will need to be closed by Forestry England as preparations are made to host the event in the lead up to 3 August and in the days after the event. Notices will be placed at the site about any closures necessary.
Get Set for the Games
Staging the mountain biking event on 3 August will bring with it some necessary preparations to ensure this international event is a great success. Find out how it will affect the area around Birches Valley; in terms of parking restrictions, affected roads, waste collection, the need for parking permits in certain areas, deliveries, emergency access, pedestrian and bicycle access, along with a map showing affected areas and some FAQs at https://www.birmingham2022.com/getset/cannock-chase
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Chase Community Games
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Last Updated: 04/08/2022