Test your sprint finish in cycle challenge

Ride against the clock and try to beat Olympic Champion Sir Chris Hoy’s cycle sprint time on Briggate next week.

Go:cycling, the new adult cycle training project will be hosting a British Cycling roller bike challenge to let members of the public race against each other (and Chris Hoy’s time) to see who is the fastest over a 200m sprint.

The roller bike challenge will be on Briggate on Wednesday 29 August 2012 from 9am to 4pm, and it is free to have a go. The fastest time in each age category will receive a prize.

Go:cycling is a partnership between the five West Yorkshire District Council’s and Metro. They are encouraging adults to get back on their bikes by providing free one-to-one adult cycle training and staging cycle rides and events over the next three years. Access to the training is offered through workplaces, groups and directly to individuals via www.wygocycling.com.

The project is also helping to fund the construction of several new core cycle routes across Leeds, four of which are now open for use; Alwoodley, West Park, Middleton, and Wyke Beck Valley. The next route from Garforth the Leeds city centre will open in September.

Councillor Richard Lewis, executive board member with responsibility for development said:

“It’s a great time to get back on your bike, but a lack of road skills and confidence in traffic is often a barrier to people cycling in the city.

"The help, advice and training provided by the Go:cycling project is just what is needed to help people overcome these concerns.

"The new network of core cycle routes in Leeds provide an alternative to using the main traffic routes to access the city centre and the surrounding countryside, and I hope people will take full advantage of the free training and the new routes.”

Notes to editors:
• Go:Cycling is a Government funded Local Sustainable Transport Fund (LSTF) project which will run to 2015

• The Roller Bike cycle challenge in Briggate will be available from 09:00 to 16:00 on Wed 29th August
• More information on the Go:cycling project is available at www.wygocycling.com

• The roller bike challenge is being provided by East Bradford Cycle Club and is registered as a British Cycling event

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Cat Milburn, Leeds City Council press office (0113) 247 4450
Email: Catherine.milburn@leeds.gov.uk