A new professional cycling team representing Suffolk in a new-style velodrome competition rode into Bury St Edmunds to promote the contest’s penultimate round.
John Stockwell and Tanya Griffiths, who make up The Suffolk Saints team, visited Charter Square after competing on Sunday in the first round of the 2016 StreetVelodrome series at the Eden Project, in Cornwall.
The seventh and penultimate round is being held in Bury on July 17.
StreetVelodrome is a new Olympic-style pursuit-race competition and sees both amateur and professional riders compete for a national title at the SuperFinals in Green Park, London on July 30.
Schools, community groups and businesses will be able to try the track when it arrives in Bury on July 15. It will be open to anyone who wants to have a go the following day and on July 17 people can cheer on the Suffolk Saints in the penultimate professional round.
Youngsters between the ages of three to 15 can also train in the Kids Series. It has been brought to Bury through a collaboration between Suffolk County Council and Abbeycroft Leisure with St Edmundsbury Borough Council and Bury Town Council.
Mr Stockwell, 49, from Sible Hedingham, said: “The track is great fun and one of the most satisfying aspects for me was coaching people of all ages, as we will be doing in Bury St Edmunds, and inspiring them to give this amazing new style of racing and sport of cycling in general a try.”
Cllr Tony Goldson, cabinet member for health at Suffolk County Council, said: “StreetVelodrome is a fast and exciting form of cycle sport and we are delighted to be hosting the penultimate stage of the series in Bury St Edmunds. I would encourage Suffolk residents to get behind the Suffolk Saints team who will be representing the county across the UK and come along and experience the thrills and spills of this dramatic cycling sport for themselves when it comes to Suffolk in July.”
Cllr Joanna Rayner, St Edmundsbury Borough Council portfolio holder for leisure and culture, said: “StreetVelodrome is an exciting prospect for the town both in the sheer fun it provides for those who want to take part and for those who want to follow the Suffolk Saints as they compete in the professional events, around the country.
“As the first team ever to represent the county in this new-style cycling contest, I wish them well and am looking forward to the penultimate round here in Bury St Edmunds, when we can all get behind them and spur them on to victory.”
Alison Blackwell, Abbeycroft Leisure’s Director of Development, added: “We are delighted to deliver such an exciting cycle event to Bury St Edmunds. There is no velodrome in Suffolk, so this is a great opportunity for all ages to try something new.
“Cycling is a fantastic way to get fit and healthy and StreetVelodrome allows the whole community to take part, whether you are new to cycling, a seasoned cyclist, or simply a spectator ready to cheer on Suffolk Saints.”
For details on how to register, visit www.streetvelodrome.co.uk