Over the weekend of 1st and 2nd August 2015 the south coast resort of Worthing will be host to a round of the 2015 UK StreetVelodrome Series. For two days the town will be turned into a heart pounding hub of cycling action with the World’s most accessible form of cycle sport on offer.
The Series is touring across the UK throughout 2015 and aims to bring the excitement and drama of close action track cycling to the people using an innovative pop up track complete with banked corners.
All the events in the UK Series are filmed for the StreetVelodrome television series shown on UK TV and in over 180 countries worldwide.
The Series showcases the positive impact sport can have on individuals and local communities by providing opportunities in town and city centres for local amateur cyclists to participate for free and on equal terms alongside professional riders. Spectators will be able to enjoy the action for free too whilst watching top riders compete at close quarters in high energy, head to head pursuit races.
During the event losing riders are eliminated from the competition reducing the field to just the very best, who then fight for the gold, silver and bronze medals on offer. The racing is fast and furious with crashes and photo finishes often deciding the final outcome. Both men’s and women’s categories have equal status on the day so spectators will be in for an entertaining afternoon which ever rider or team they choose to support.
This regional round of the UK Series, the first to be held on the south coast, will see locally qualifying amateurs compete alongside Olympic and elite level cyclists riding for Pro Teams who will be battling for top honours in the Series. And the very best local amateurs who manage to do well on the day will get selected to race in the series finale held in London.
Executive Member for Regeneration at Worthing Borough Council Bryan Turner, took the decision over Christmas to bring the StreetVelodrome event to the town. He says:
“I am delighted that Worthing will have another exciting, innovative and free event for everyone to get behind this summer, with the added benefit of global television coverage for the town.
StreetVelodrome Series Director Carl Thompson comments;
“We are looking to bring the thrill of live track cycling to more and more people in 2015, having Worthing as an addition to our race calendar gives us an excellent opportunity to do just that. Worthing offers a growing reputation for being a cycle friendly destination with the South Downs on its doorstep and a historic legacy of a strong cycling club scene. Worthing makes an ideal venue for our Series.”
More details about the Worthing event and the rest of the 2015 UK StreetVelodrome Series will be announced at an exhibition event held at the London Bike Show 12th to the 15th February 2015. There members of the media will be invited to experience the action first hand with expert coaching and use of the race specification bikes available.