Am­a­teur cy­clists to get chance on the pro cir­cuit

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Uk&world Update -

AM­A­TEUR cy­clists from Peter­bor­ough will be given the chance to im­i­tate world-class rid­ers by com­pet­ing in a high-oc­tane time trial race through the city cen­tre.

Mem­bers of the Peter­bor­ough Cy­cling Club and Fen­land Clar­ion Cy­cling Club will tackle the 1.1km cir­cuit that will later be used as part of the tele­vised Hal­fords Tour Se­ries event, which is re­turn­ing to Peter­bor­ough on Tues­day, June 15.

As part of a pro­gramme of events prior to the Tour Se­ries race, lo­cal rid­ers will take to the course be­tween 2pm and 3pm.

Steve Clarke, rac­ing sec­re­tary at the Fen­land club, has been a com­pet­i­tive rider since 1972 and said be­ing in­volved in the Tour Se­ries would be a boost for city cy­clists.

He said: “This is a great op­por­tu­nity for lo­cal rid­ers to rekin­dle the spirit of city cen­tre road races that were very pop­u­lar more than 20 years ago.

“The spec­ta­tors gave our rid­ers great sup­port at last year’s event, even ask­ing for au­to­graphs and tak­ing pho­tos of the ac­tion. It would be great if more peo­ple are en­cour­aged to take up cy­cling.”

Peter­bor­ough City Coun­cil is busy pre­par­ing a whole host of events to run through­out the day, with the pro­gramme ahead of the big race, which starts at 7pm, in­clud­ing a grand prix kart race and a ju­nior duathlon.

Matthew Bar­ber, sus­tain­able travel of­fi­cer with the coun­cil’s Trav­el­choice team, hopes that the re­turn of the Tour Se­ries will boost par­tic­i­pa­tion in cy­cling among city res­i­dents.

He said: “Peter­bor­ough’s mostly flat ter­rain and eas­ily ac­ces­si­ble cy­cle routes are great for cy­clists of all ages.

“Cy­cling, whether for leisure, trav­el­ling, or done com­pet­i­tively, is great for main­tain­ing an ac­tive, healthy life­style and brings peo­ple closer to the nat­u­ral en­vi­ron­ment.”

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