The Kings Cliffe Flyers youth team, consisting of Meg Snow, Oliver Fraser, Thomas Stegman & Jerry Norman, experienced what it was like to be a pro cyclist at the Tour of Britiain when they competed against other regional teams along the finishing straight of Stage 1 at the Norwich Showground.
The noise level & amount of support was unprecedented as cycling fans several deep against the barriers cheered on the youngsters, banged on the boards & waved flags as the teams raced hard against each other. As the pressure mounted there were the inevitable spills, just like the pros, with most teams coming unstuck at some point including our own team. We have a hard bunch of riders who like the pros remained unflustered, regrouped into their formation & carried on as they’d practised to finish well. Some other teams were given a restart & this unfortunately probably cost our riders the chance of a bronze medal ride off so they had to settle for 5th place overall. Wait until next year!
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This weekend sees the start of the prestigious Tour of Britain with stage one departing from Ipswich & finishing in Norwich. Many of the pros, including Bradley Wiggins, Mark Cavendish, Ivan Basso, Tyler Farrar, Jack Bobridge & Samuel Sanchez, are now using this event as preparation for the World Championships. However, the highlight of the day will actually be just prior to the arrival of the pros when youth teams from the Region’s Go-Ride clubs take part in racing along the finishing straight in front of the crowds, V.I.P.s and commentary boxes.
The Kings Cliffe Flyers youth team, consisting of Meg Snow, Oliver Fraser, Thomas Stegman & Jerry Norman, have practised hard this week perfecting fast starts, tight turns whilst maintaining a tight formation to complete the Italian Pursuit with each timed attempt getting slightly faster. They will only get one opportunity on the day to make it through to the medal ride offs so if you’re going to watch the event make sure you bang on the boards encouraging them to a win.
Apart from the Flyers, Wiggins & Cavendish look out local lad & GB’s rider number 165, Alistair Slater, who is a former Go-Ride participant of Bourne Wheelers.
You can watch the T.o.B. on ITV 4 – Live – 13:45hrs ; Highlights – 20:00hrs
For more info http://www.tourofbritain.com