The event is suitable for children of any age and all are welcome regardless of what type of bike they ride. The only stipulation is that all children must wear a helmet. There is an entry fee of just £2 per rider and there are medals and certificates to be won.
British Cycling’s Go-Ride scheme is renowned for it’s success in producing skilled and successful cyclists over the last few years. At the London Olympics 60% of the successful GB squad had begun their cycling careers with Go-Ride schemes similar to the one on offer in Newport.
Organiser Matt Blythe said “We held a similar event in July and it was really popular. There has been a huge amount of interest generated by the Tour de France visit to Yorkshire and by the successes of Bradley Wiggins and Chris Froome in the race. Most of our sessions concentrate on teaching children the skills they need to ride a bike confidently. This event will give them the chance to see the sporting side of cycling with some fun races.”
Matt stressed that the event is open to children from outside the town. “There are only a couple of other schemes like this in the county. We’d love to see children from outside the Newport area come and have a go.” he said.