Young Kingston cyclists show pedal power before Wiggins Tour triumph
Young cyclists from Kingston were in the thick of the action as the Tour of Britain reached its climax in the capital last weekend.
Twenty members of Kingston Junior Cycle Club took part in the Go Ride race, a prelude to the final stage of the Tour which saw Olympic champion Sir Bradley Wiggins sweep to victory in Westminster.
For many of the under 12s it was their first ever race, competing against clubs
from across London, and they finished a fantastic fifth.
The club has also been presented with a signed British Cycling shirt for the biggest increase in under-18 membership in the country.
Kingston Junior Cycle Club began three years ago in preparation for the borough’s involvement in the Olympic cycling events. It now boasts 250 members.
“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.”Councillor Simon James, Kingston Council’s Lead Member for Sustainability and Sport
“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.”Liz Foster, Kingston Junior Cycle Club founder and Secretary
For more information about Kingston Junior Cycling Club go to www.kingstonjuniorcycleclub.co.uk.