Halfords Tour Series in Kirkcaldy 16/05/2012Posted by Amy Hickman in Asda, Fife, Scotland.
Last night (Tuesday 15th May) Team UK Youth travelled north of the border to Kirckaldy to race in Round 1 of the Halfords Tour Series. This was the first time the tour has ever came to Scotland and everyone made sure the series kicked off to a great start.
An afternoon of activity was planned to accompany the evening event for the public to participate in. Before the professionals took centre stage for the evening event, primary and secondary school youngsters were given the opportunity to take to the town centre race circuit and try it out for themselves. Scottish Cycling also organised a race for youth racers with a girls race and boys race taking place. Throughout the afternoon members of the public were invited to sign up to the community parade through Active Fife at 4.30pm.
Local Bike Club group Link Living came down on the day with a group of young people to meet team UK Youth. They watched them warm up for the evening race and chatted to them about their cycling experiences. As the team officially ‘signed’ on for the race Link Living were invited up onto the podium with them. ASDA colleague Heather from the local store in Kirkcaldy joined them on the podium and presented the group with a cheque for £2000 on behalf on Bike Club and the ASDA foundation. Bike Club funding will allow the group to buy bikes and safety equipment for their cycling project to encourage more young people to cycle.
As for the main event, there was a great atmosphere in Kirkclady with spectators fully getting caught up in the event cheering on all the riders. Team UK Youth put in a strong performance and saw them place four riders in the top ten. Unfortunately this was not enough and they narrowly lost out to Endura – but a very respectable second place, well done. A big good luck to the team from everyone at Bike Club in Scotland, you have a whole new group of fans who will be cheering you on for the rest of the series!!
See more pictures from the race here.