Young cyclists from Bourne’s Go Ride programme from British Cycling will share centre stage at the Bourne CiCLE Festival with some of the UK’s top riders.
A group of under-16 riders will lead the main men’s and women’s race peletons out on Saturday and Sunday (31 August and 1 September) from the start line in West Street to Thurlby, where the race action gets under way.
They will then return to West Street to entertain the crowds with racing and obstacle courses while riders are out in the countryside, stopping to allow riders to stream through Bourne twice before the final dash to the finish line.
A typical Go Ride enthusiast benefitting from the British Cycling initiative is local youngster 11-year-old Harrison Shreeve, who has already completed time trials and hill climbs and is keen to see elite riders like Ed Clancy at the festival.
“We are all really looking forward to the festival,” he said. “It’s just great to think it’s coming to Bourne and I would love to meet Ed Clancy.”
Illustrating the success of Go Ride in Bourne is professional rider Georgia Bullard, who attended the junior sessions, graduated to Bourne Wheelers and now races for Fusion RT, a top tier UK-based women’s cycling team.
For festival organisers South Kesteven District Council, the inclusion of young riders typifies the council’s inclusive approach.
Andrew Norman, Head of Visitor Economy for InvestSK, the council’s economic growth and regeneration company, said: “We want this to be a weekend for everyone of all ages to enjoy, from serious cyclists to families who can come and have fun at the event village on The Wellhead.”
Go-Ride is British Cycling’s development programme for young people with a fun and safe way to introduce young riders to the world of cycle sport and provide a platform to improve bike handling skills.
The group meets every week at the recreation ground on Recreation Road. Interested parties should contact local cycling group Bourne Wheelers.
Full details of the festival racing, times and routes as well as The Wellhead activities are on www.bourneciclefestival.com