GOODWOOD will swap roaring cars for the whirl of bicycles.

The motor circuit is inviting people to get active with the launch of a new cycling initiative this Sunday and then they will be welcomed back twice a week.

It will not be the first time the racetrack has been given up for a two-wheel event.

Until this September, when Yorkshire hosted the Cycling World Championships, the last UK-based Cycling World Championships were held at Goodwood in 1982 where the elite of world cycling turned up to ride with Goodwood Motor Circuit as the host.

Confident riders can join on Tuesday evenings and every other Sunday morning across the winter months, while families are welcome on Sunday afternoons.

Jon Barnett, general manager of Goodwood Motor Circuit, said: “For millions around the world, the chance to lap Goodwood is a bucket list item, and now cycling enthusiasts are being offered a unique opportunity to ride the famous 2.4-mile track.

“The circuit, which was home of the 1982 Cycling World Championships, offers the ideal opportunity to come down after work and enjoy training in the fresh air, or on weekends with friends and family.

“We’re thrilled to be able to share this venue with people throughout the winter.

“It creates wonderful opportunities to be active and engaged in a safe traffic-free environment.”

A team from the companies Mavic and Exposure Lights will be providing advice on their areas of expertise during the launch cycling session.

The Mavic service course car which is used to carry spare bikes on the Tour De France will be on display for unique photo opportunities.

Pulborough-based light manufacturer Exposure Lights, which creates cycling components and lighting, will support the launch and be providing lights to loan for future evening sessions.

For confident riders, two-hour sessions are available on Tuesdays, from 5.30pm to 7.30pm. Four-hour sessions on every other Sunday morning will take place between 8am and midday.

Families are invited to join on Sunday afternoons. Cyclists need to bring their own bike and can take to the track on their own or with members of their local cycling club. Tuesday evening sessions cost £10 per person.

Sunday will be £10 per adult and £5 for 13 to 17-year olds. Those 17 and under go free but they must be accompanied by an adult. Riders can do as many laps as they wish, within the time allowance.

Tickets can be bought on the day or in advance at or by calling 01243 755055.