Non-professional cyclists are getting the chance of a lifetime as the excitement builds on the streets of Ryde ahead of the Pearl Izumi Tour Series, thanks to the manager of a Wightlink-sponsored cycling team.
Russell Page, who manages the Wightlink-LCM Systems Cycle Race Team has organised a support race on Thursday 14th May, before the professionals roll out later that evening for the opening race of this year’s Tour Series. The support race is for second and third category racers and will consist of 45 minutes, plus five laps, around the circuit which will later see a stellar line up take to the streets including Team Wiggins, Sir Bradley Wiggins’ self-titled team.
“This is a fantastic opportunity for non-professional riders to ride, experience and, for one of them, win on a professional road racing course. What’s more, we are organising a business race. This will take the form of a team relay, with local businesses entering teams of four riders. Each rider will do a lap of the course before a teammate takes over.”
Entries to the business race are still open, and companies can email [email protected] for more information and to register their entries.
The Wightlink-backed cycle race team has also been invited to enter the professional team time trial, pitting them against the big domestic teams.
Meanwhile, the team is continuing to help to raise the profile of the Isle of Wight as the ideal cycling venue. In print on Thursday 30th April, Wightlink-LCM Systems were the featured club in national magazine Cycling Weekly’s ‘ride with’ article. Including images and interviews with some of the riders, this is a great advert for the team and the Island as a cycling destination.
Mark Persad, Wightlink’s Head of Marketing, said:
“The Isle of Wight is great for cycling, with over 200 miles of cycle routes, and there’s no better way to enjoy its fantastic scenery than on two wheels. Wightlink takes every opportunity to support cycling at all levels, from making it easy to find the perfect route on our website, to supporting major events like the Pearl Izumi Tour Series and our sponsorship of the Island’s premier cycling team Wightlink-LCM Systems.”