An all-new Belfast team will take part in the televised UK Street Velodrome Series – with the exciting sport coming to Belfast’s Titanic Quarter next week and then Ballyclare from June 17-19.
The Street Velodrome – which will be screened on BT Sport and The Bike Channel – will take centre stage in the new Titanic Exhibition Centre in the city’s Titanic Quarter, and is hosted by Titanic Quarter Cycling Club as part of the Northern Ireland Cycling of Festival fortnight which includes the Gran Fondo on June 5.
On Saturday, June 4, Round 4 of the UK Street Velodrome Series action takes place before local cycling fans of all ages get to have a go on June 5 – and it’s all free!
Local amateur riders are also invited to enter the event for free as part of a nationwide search for the best amateur riders, male and female, from each of the regions the tour visits. The best get invited to compete at the SuperFinals and the chance to win the national amateur champion title.
They will be joined by six professional teams of two elite riders who will all be battling to win the overall Pro Team title. Each Pro Team represents one of the regions the tour visits, and Belfast cycling fans are urged to come out and support the Belfast Titans Pro Cycling Team which will be headed up by two local elite riders Andrea Harrower and Castlewellan’s Nathan McComb, who won the men’s minor final in Round 2 of the series in London.
The racing delivers high energy and excitement as two riders go head to head in an Olympic style sprint pursuit race. The fastest riders progress through the knock-out competition, whilst the losers are eliminated. Spectators can see 100 per cent of the action from the viewing areas and get to be up close to the Pro Riders as they duel to be the top rider of the day.
Series Director Carl Thompson commented: “We are really pleased to be bringing the UK Series to Belfast as part of our mini tour of Northern Ireland and to be part of a truly exciting time for cycling.”
Aine Kearney, Director of Business Support and Events at Tourism NI added: “Tourism NI is delighted to support the NI Festival of Cycling which will give visitors and participants from near and far chance to take part in the official legacy event of the Giro d’Italia Grande Partenza 2014.”
The event will be held inside the Titanic Exhibition Centre in Titanic Quarter, Belfast – the main hub of Gran Fondo activity over the big weekend. Amateur rider time trials run from 9.30am until 12.30pm. The first chance to see the professionals in action is at 1pm.
The main races start at 4pm until 6pm. To take part in the UK Street Velodrome Series event in Belfast go to www.streetvelodrome.co.uk now and register for a free race entry.
For more information on Titanic Quarter Cycling Club, visit www.titanicquartercc.com