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Tuesday, 30 June 2015

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Amateurs urged to seize chance to ride like pros

AMATEUR cyclists are being urged to grasp the chance of a lifetime by competing in a race on the under-card to the main Pearl Izumi Tour Series BAE Systems Barrow Stage.

Ahead of the main event on Thursday May 15, amateur pedallers, both men and women, will have the unique opportunity to race around the same track in a competitive contest.

The race will consist of 45 minutes of cycling plus two laps, following a looped track starting and finishing at Barrow Town Hall.

It is open to third and fourth category riders and novice riders. Entrants can sign on from 4pm until 4.45pm on the day. The race starts at 5pm.

The cost of entry is £5 for British Cycling members with a licence, £10 for BC members without a licence, and £15 for non-members.

Paul Loftus, of Lakes Road Club, urged keen cyclists to get involved and make the most of the opportunity to race in a pro environment right on their doorstep.

He said: “Any local rider who thinks anything of themselves should be there that night, definitely. People can turn up if they haven’t got a licence and ride.

“It’s what we call an entry on-the-line situation, so you never know who is going to turn up. If I was still racing, I would go because that’s a fantastic circuit to race on and what an opportunity.

“When it gets barriered off, it will feel terrific; like a real professional race.”

Lakes Road Club and the Furness Future Flyers, a youth cycling club which is organising a race on the night for youngsters, will both have stands at the event for people to learn more about the clubs.


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