Amateur cyclists to get chance on the pro circuit
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.”
For information on The Tour Series visit: www.tourseries.co.uk.