Plans are gearing up for Velo Prix action

Youngsters are getting on their bikes to take part in the Spalding Velo Prix. ANL-150304-111610001
Youngsters are getting on their bikes to take part in the Spalding Velo Prix. ANL-150304-111610001

With less than a month to go to Spalding’s exciting new cycling event over May Day Bank Holiday weekend, residents are being urged to get their bikes out and ready for action.

Spalding Velo Prix on May 2-3 promises something for all the family, plus fast-paced inter-school and club challenge 
Italian Pursuit racing in the town centre.

I am very pleased that the Spalding Velo Prix has generated so much interest from local schools, businesses and neighbouring cycling clubs.

Cycling club chairman Simon Wright

British Cycling’s talent scout and Go Ride coach Steve Crosland has been visiting schools in the area to get them on board.

So far Clough and Risegate and St Bartholomew’s Primary Schools have signed up with further visits arranged at Weston Hills and Spalding Primary Schools later in April.

Training in the schools is taking place in conjunction with Go Ride regular sessions at the Castle Sports Centre, run by Velo Prix organisers Spalding Cycling Club.

Led by club coach Chris Peel, assisted by Sam Bentley, Megan Kendall and Sophie Wright, the sessions are designed to help young 
people aged five to 16 enjoy and improve their cycling ability in a fun way.

The emphasis is on developing skills for all-round safer cycling, although many Go Riders do go on to race. Four club members – Tom Neale, Matt Ellis, Jake Norton and Tilly Gurney – came through the Go Ride programme and now compete at national level.

Other highlights of the weekend include a Go Ride event with Lincolnshire Bikeability for youngsters aged five-16 on the Saturday morning at Monks House Lane playing field.

The family leisure rides are in the afternoon from the same venue and Fenland Road Club’s Sportive ride is on the Sunday, full details of which will be in the Free Press ahead of the weekend.

Simon Wright, chairman of Spalding Cycling Club, said: “I am very pleased that the Spalding Velo Prix has generated so much interest from local schools, businesses and neighbouring cycling clubs. Preparations are in full swing and many schools and clubs are busy with team selection and training so things are building up to a great weekend of cycling activities and fun competition for children.”

More details at www.spaldingcc.org.uk