The 2016 UK StreetVelodrome Series was officially launched at the London Bike Show, the UK's largest cycling and outdoor pursuit show, held at Excel London on 11th to 14th February.
The launch activities saw pro riders from the 2015 ASDA StreetVelodrome TV Series coaching 100's of show visitors around the iconic StreetVelodrome banking. Many enjoying their first ever cycle race whilst visiting the show. The Pro Riders included 2015 Champ Dave Johnson (here pictured below with guest host 4Music's Vick Hope). He was joined by Patrick Robinson, Lee Gratton, Kelli Salone and Jess Greaves.
The key message was 'Join In' as the online ballot for free race entries went live. Amateur riders from across the UK are being encouraged to take part in the Series, for free, by going to www.streetvelodrome.co.uk and clicking on 'Join In' to register for a place.
But to showcase some of the pro rider talent spectators can expect to see on the tour each of the pro riders at the show took turns to compete in special 'Best of Three' challenges.
Patrick Robinson (pictured below), emerged the winner in his battle against Lee Gratton. Whislt Kelli Salone managed to beat fellow female pro Jess Greaves. Dave Johnson was in impressive form once again, managing to beat all his rivals over the four days of the show. But it was noted that Patrick was getting quicker and quicker with each race. We can't wait to see how it all pans out on tour.
The all important dates and venues which will make up the tour were published during the show. With new iconic venues plus some firm favourites, the 2016 Series is looking better than ever as StreetVelodrome continues to grow.
Round 1 Eden Project, Cornwall 6th, 7th 8th May
Round 2 Hillingdon, London 20th, 21st 22nd May
Round 3 Titanic Quarter, Belfast, Northern Ireland, 4th, 5th June
Round 4 Ballyclare, Northern Ireland, 17th 18th 19th June
Round 5 Stockton on Tees 23rd, 24th, 25th 26th June
Round 6 Worthing, West Sussex, 1st 2nd 3rd July
Round 7 Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk 15th 16th 17th July
Then the all important SuperFinals, which this year will be held as part of Prudential Ride London, will be hosted in view of Buckingham Palace in Green Park, Central London on 30th 31st July.
At the SuperFinals only the best amateurs from the regional events will be competing to win the Amateur Title. Whilst the Pro Riders will be competing to win the series outright for themselves and their respective teams.
Talking of teams, they will be announced shortly. Stay tuned.
To register to take part in your local StreetVelodrome Series regional event enter now for free at www.streetvelodrome.co.uk click on Join In.