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Cycling festival first for Torbay at closed circuit track

By Herald Express  |  Posted: May 03, 2014

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TORBAY'S first Cycling Festival is to be held at the new 1.5km £800,000 closed road circuit at Clennon Valley in Paignton next month.

It is hoped it will be the biggest mass participation cycling event ever held in the Bay.

Everyone is invited to go and enjoy riding round the special circuit for the first time at the special celebratory event on June 1 which will include races as well for youngsters and women.

British Cycling, which funded half of the cost of the facility, is urging its club members to come along to the Cycling Festival to sample the new circuit and show their skills to inspire beginners and newcomers to cycling.

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Torbay Council's residents and visitor services team is determined to make the event a success, with attractions and entertainment laid on for the crowds, whether they are cyclists or accompanying friends and family. More details will be announced nearer the time.

Cllr Robert Excell, Torbay Council's executive lead for sport, said: "We want to attract the committed racer and members of the wider public alike who want to take part of cycling club activity.

"This regional centre for cycling is a great addition to Torbay's sporting infrastructure and really puts us on the map for cycling development as well as creating an exciting new facility for visitors and residents of Torbay who just want to come along and have fun."

Catherine Williams, community and sports officer for Torbay Council, said: "Remember if 200 people join a cycling club, 20 will stay around for more than five years and two of them will be talented riders. If we do not get the 200, there is no chance of getting the 20 or the two!"

Brian Johnston, recreation manager south west for British Cycling, said: "I am very much looking forward to the Torbay Cycling Festival which will showcase this great new facility in Torbay.

"I hope to see riders of all ages coming along, whether they are existing riders, new to cycling or returning after many years, the event will provide a great opportunity to sample what cycling has to offer."

There will be a selection of youth and women's races held on the new track throughout the day.

Registration has opened at www.goskyride.com/torbay

There are opportunities for business promotion at the event and space for local clubs to promote themselves and any members of the public who just want to come along and join in the fun.

To find out more, email Sports@torbay.gov.uk The day will run from 10am to 4pm.

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