A CROWD fund campaign to put the wheels in motion for the UK’s first indoor bike park has reached 50 per cent of its target after only seven days.
Dirt Factory will be located in Greater Manchester and designed specifically for mountain bikes and BMXs, including bike trails, jumps and pump tracks.
To turn their plans into reality, the team behind Dirt Factory aim to raise £300,000 via online crowd funding platform, Crowdcube.
Their campaign was officially launched at The Rise Manchester on 31 January, where more than 300 attendees watched a pitch video, met the team and made the first investments.
Dan Makin, one of the founders and directors of Dirt Factory, said: “Our launch event was a great success.
“We were blown away by the amount of encouragement and interest, not to mention the early investments made. Now is the time for people to get behind Dirt Factory and help us reach the start-up target.”
They are well on the way to achieving their goal after 50 per cent was pledged in just seven days by more than 110 individuals.
Supporters can pledge anything from £10 to get a share of the business and unique investor rewards.
On reaching full funding, the team will turn an existing warehouse or distribution centre into a fun-filled centre with indoor bike trails made out of recycled dirt and shipping containers.
Mark McClure is a fellow Dirt Factory director and an International Mountain Bike Association (IMBA) Trail Specialist, who has worked on bike park projects in China, Israel, Mexico, Norway, Switzerland and USA.
Mark, from Oldham, commented: “The response from riders, the cycle industry and investors has been fantastic.
“A facility that is dry, convenient and with high quality trails to practice your bike skills and have fun is something a lot of UK riders are crying out for.
“Indoor bike parks have proved successful in the USA and we’re starting to see more emerge in Europe. Manchester is the perfect base in the UK and it will further enhance the cycle credentials of the city.”
The Dirt Factory crowd fund is live until Monday 29 February, 2016. To find out more and make an investment go here.