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Halfords Tour Series in Oldham 2011

NCA were present at the event to promote cycling as part of the Halfords Tour Series in Oldham on Thursday 9th June.

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World class athletes competed in Oldham Town Centre as the grand finale of an exciting jam packed event of cycling. The main race was over a 1.5 mile circuit, with a mix of other races from 5pm onwards. Cycling fans lined the streets to get the chance to see the riders close up as they warmed up and signed autographs before the race at the presentation podium on High Street.

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Endura Racing were team winners, with rider Rob Partridge winning the men’s main event. This puts Endura Racing 2nd overall in the team standings closely behind Rapha Condor Sharp. Rob Partridge showed excellent form coming 1st in the Boardman Bikes Sprint bringing Endura Racing 3rd overall with Rapha Condor Sharp in 1st place.

Other events included the Johnson Health Tech Women's Grand Prix Series, Round Three. A great result for Horizon Fitness RT Prendas Ciclismo who saw Annie Simpson in first place closely followed by Dani King in 2nd place also riding for Horizon Fitness RT Prendas Ciclismo, bringing the team standings with Horizon Fitness RT Prendas Ciclismo in first place overall.

The women’s individual Sprint event saw Sarah Byrne coming in 1st place for VC St Raphael.

The event was very much a community spirited occasion, bringing young and old to the town centre for a cycling celebration. Local businesses were encouraged to form teams and show off their cycling ability for fun, competing against each other in a two lap race.

As part of the unique eight-round cycling race, each of the ten Halfords Tour Series teams invited children from local primary schools to be their mascots as they signed in for the big race at the presentation podium.

NCA, working in partnership with Oldham’s Sports Partnership and Try-cycles, organised races amongst high school students from across the borough. Pupils from New Bridge School and various secondary schools competed against each other on the professional race circuit before the elite cyclists took to it in the evening.

NCA presented a bike skills session, promoted our Bikeability training scheme, our new Recycle your Bike project as well as the Rock and Road initiative, an exciting new concept to encourage more off road cycling activities for older children. An array of other cycle based organisations with champion stunt trials riders, adapted bikes facilitating disabled riding, promotion of cycle routes in the Greater Manchester areas and cycling for health and fitness.

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A giant airbag had been installed with a jump ramp so BMX riders could practice airborne tricks safely. These were just some of the cycling activities on offer.

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A truly inspiring event for all. Congratulations are due to Mr Paul Bruffell, an Oldham cycling stalwart, whose hard work and effort made the event the huge success it was

 

Helen Butcher
NCA Team Coordinator
June 2011

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