A new event is born as families ride Spalding

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As the country celebrated the arrival of a Royal baby girl, an exciting new event was also being born in Spalding.

Families turned out for the first Spalding Velo Prix, which saw riders of all ages exploring the quiet roads and cycle ways in the pretty countryside around the town.

Some of the riders setting off on the 10-mile route which stopped of at the flower festival at St Mary's Church, Pinchbeck. SG020515-150TW ANL-150205-182811001

Some of the riders setting off on the 10-mile route which stopped of at the flower festival at St Mary's Church, Pinchbeck. SG020515-150TW ANL-150205-182811001

Three rides set off from the Monks House Lane playing field - covering five, ten and 16 miles - and riders were able to stop off for tea and cake at some of the church flower festivals taking place across the district over the Bank Holiday weekend.

Before the rides, youngsters were able to sharpen their skills in ‘Go Race’ activities on the playing field and take part in other fun activities organised by Lincolnshire County Council’s Bikeability Team.

The action returns to Spalding Market Place tomorrow when local schools and cycling clubs from across the region take part in Italian Pursuit racing.

Spectators can catch Sunday’s races from around 10am. Fenland Road Club’s ‘Reliability Ride’ of about 35 miles for more hard-core cyclists will also start in the town centre in the morning.

See full story and pictures in next week’s Lincolnshire Free Press and Spalding Guardian.

For more information, visit www.spaldingcc.org.uk