Kingston Junior Cycle Club finishes in style in Go Ride London race
By Kingston People | Tuesday, October 01, 2013, 21:45
Twenty youngsters from the Kingston Junior Cycle Club took part in the Go Ride race in London last month, a prelude to the final stage of the Tour of Britain which saw Olympic champion Sir Bradley Wiggins sweep to victory in Westminster.
Young cyclists from Kingston taking part in the Go Ride race last month.
For many, this was their first ever race, competing against clubs from across London, and they finished a fantastic fifth.
The club was presented with a signed British Cycling shirt for the biggest increase in under-18 membership in the country.
The cycle club began three years ago in preparation for the borough’s involvement in the Olympic cycling events. It now boasts 250 members.
Councillor Simon James, Kingston Council’s Lead Member for Sustainability and Sport, said: “The club is going from strength to strength, and everyone deserves credit for an excellent showing in the Go Ride race. The Kingston team was the fourth biggest on the day, which is not only testament to the organisation and quality of the club but shows how the borough is reaping the rewards from the Olympic races on our streets.
“I’m glad to see so many youngsters helping to keep up Kingston’s status as one of London’s Biking Boroughs.”
Liz Foster, Kingston Junior Cycle Club founder and Secretary, said:
“I’ve been involved in sports all my life but I have never been part of something with such a great family feel and friendly environment as Go Ride.
“The Olympics in Kingston and stars like Bradley Wiggins have inspired many young riders. We have some very talented athletes and are proud to be part of their first steps into cycling. We are always looking for keen cyclists that would like to give something back to the community and be part of our family focussed club.”
For more information about Kingston Junior Cycling Club go to www.kingstonjuniorcycleclub.co.uk.