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Spalding hoping to host popular event with two national contests

Hopes are high that a popular cycling event – that will incorporate two national competitions – will return to South
Holland this year.

Spalding Cycling Club is planning to stage the final round of the Go Green Grass Track Series at the Snowden Field in Crowland.

The event is planned to take place on Saturday, September 4, and will feature the British Cycling Women’s 5km National Championship and a round of the men’s National Short Distance Grass League.

Spalding Cycling Club is hoping to host two prestigious national events.
Spalding Cycling Club is hoping to host two prestigious national events.

There will also be a mix of racing for all categories of male and female riders from youth to senior and all eligible events will qualify for British Cycling licence points as racers tackle the fast and flat 266m track.

A similar event – which incorporated the men’s National 800m Championship and a round of the men’s 8km National Endurance league - was held in 2019.

However, plans for last year’s competition were shelved due to the coronavirus pandemic and Jonathan Day –British Cycling’s head of sport and major events – is hoping to see more action this year.

Day said: “We understand and share the frustration and disappointment felt by the cycling community due to the lack of consistent racing opportunities which has been forced by the impact of the pandemic.

“Despite this, we hope to provide riders with fresh goals and targets for the coming year ahead.

“We are determined to build on the progress we have made over recent years and continue to drive the sport forwards at all levels.”

Spalding Cycling Club is hoping to open its membership for the 2021 campaign next month.

And, while the series of national lockdowns has hit clubs hard, British Cycling is hoping to take advantage of the sport having an unprecedented boom with families making the most of an increase in leisure time.

British Cycling chief executive Brian Facer said: “In 2020 we witnessed a landmark shift and over the course of just a few weeks families suddenly felt assured and confident enough to ride together in their own communities.

“As an organisation, we are proud of the work which we’ve done to support millions of children to take their first pedal strokes, and while there is certainly more to do, this should give us confidence that the desire to get out for a ride burns just as strongly in today’s young people as in any generation before.”

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