Breckland's Cyclists urged not to miss the chance to race on Tour of …

Cyclists are being encouraged not to miss the chance to race on part of the official Tour of Britain route on the same day that the Tour passes through Norfolk.

Diss Cycling Club, in partnership with Breckland Council, has organised a series of races which will take place in Old Buckenham on 12 September. However, would-be participants are being urged to reserve their place as soon as possible as spaces are limited and the booking period will close on 5 September.

It is anticipated that the races may prove a popular draw for keen cyclists as the route will give them a chance to race around Old Buckenham s Village Green, which forms part of Stage Seven of the Tour of Britain. It is thought that the event will be the first time anywhere in the country that people have been permitted to race on the route on the same day as the Tour.

The various races will offer opportunities to both British Cycling members and non-members and across different age groups.

The races will include 1.1km laps of the village green on the afternoon of 12 September, after the Tour cyclists race through the village at lunchtime.

Races:

  • Race 1: 40 minutes duration. For British Cycling members with 3rd & 4th Category Race Licences aged 18 or over. Starting 45 minutes after the Tour of Britain has passed.
  • Race 2: 20 minutes duration.

    For British Cycling members in 4th Category and non-British Cycling members, but bikes must conform to British Cycling regulations. All must be aged 18 or over. Starting 10 minutes after finish of race 1.

  • Race 3: 10 minutes duration.

    For British Cycling youth members aged under 12 or under 10 on January 1, 2015. Also open to non-British Cycling members in these age groups, but bikes must conform to British Cycling regulations. Starting 10 minutes after finish of race 2.

  • Race 4: 20 minutes duration.

    For British Cycling youth members aged under 16 or under 14 on January 1, 2015. Also open to non-British Cycling members in these age groups, but bikes must conform to British Cycling regulations. Starting 10 minutes after finish of race 3.

  • Race 5: 1 lap dash time trial for all over 8 years of age on a roadworthy bicycle.

    Entries to be taken on the day only. First rider to start 10 minutes after finish of race 4. Entry fee 2.

Ken Jolliffe, from Diss Cycling Club, said: This is a truly unique occasion as we are not aware of any previous events which have enabled people to race on the route on the day of the Tour.

We hope lots of people will turn out to watch the Tour cyclists race through the village, with local cyclists getting their chance to join in the racing later on.

I encourage anybody who is interested in taking part to book their place now, as spaces will be offered on a first come-first served basis.

Cllr Trevor Carter, Breckland s Executive Member for Place, added: I m delighted that we have been able to help organise this unique opportunity to help celebrate the return of the Tour of Britain to the district.

As part of Stage Seven of the Tour, cyclists will take in a number of Breckland s towns and villages along the way, including Old Buckenham, so I hope residents will turn out to enjoy the spectacle.

For more information, costs, and to book your place search for Old Buckenham at www.britishcycling.org.uk1 before the deadline on 5 September or call Ken Jolliffe on 01953 681755.

For details of other events taking place in Breckland to celebrate the Tour of Britain follow this link2.

References

  1. ^ www.britishcycling.org.uk (www.britishcycling.org.uk)
  2. ^ Breckland to celebrate the Tour of Britain follow this link (www.breckland.gov.uk)

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