Eastway riders, who lost their Hackney circuit to the 2012 Olympic Games development, are invited by the London Development Agency to visit the temporary relocation site at Hog Hill in Redbridge on Saturday morning (January 12).

There they will be able to view and comment on the construction work in progress at one of the most attractive locations in the Greater London area.

?It's been a long time for riders to wait - especially the youth National Olympic Talent Team members who were formerly based at Eastway before it closed over a year ago,? says Michael Humphrey, chair of Eastway Users Group.

?We really have been making progress with the LDA and the ODA (Olympic Delivery Authority) thanks in large part to the obvious human interest in young Olympic hopefuls losing their sports facility,?

Visitors will see the Indy circuit under construction and off road trails marked out in the upper area.

They can view from the top of the ridge down into the greater part of the site, which is still off-limits for building work.

Work on the site has been delayed due to ecological issues, principally the need to relocate Great Crested Newts to a new habitat on the site.

Hog Hill is scheduled to open in March with the short road circuit of some 750 metres. The full two-kilometre circuit won?t be ready until August, providing the newts have been cleared.

Humphreys says the location on high ground makes for an attractive vista southwest, towards the City of London in the distance. The sloping site will make Hog Hill a demanding circuit, he says, with the clubhouse overlooking the finishing line.

The site on Saturday will be open to visitors from 10am to 1pm.

Directions: IG6 3HR is a nearby postcode. Nearest tube Fairlop 1 mile W on Forest Road. Driving via A12 ? turn N on Whalebone Lane at ?Moby Dick? pub lights, then into Romford Road at mini rbt. Hog Hill site is reached via Forest Road which is L turn immediately over brow. No R turn into Forest Road from Romford Rd going S.

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Keith Bingham joined the Cycling Weekly team in the summer of 1971, and retired in 2011. During his time, he covered numerous Tours de France, Milk Races and everything in-between. He was well known for his long-running 'Bikewatch' column, and played a pivotal role in fighting for the future of once at-threat cycling venues such as Hog Hill and Herne Hill Velodrome.