Swindon AdvertiserSky’s the limit for intrepid cyclists (From Swindon Advertiser)

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Sky’s the limit for intrepid cyclists

Swindon Advertiser: Ready to pedal are Simon Oxlade, Vany Mohanraj, Mark Williams, Deb Tremblin, Craig Scott, Steve Goulding, Rob Norman, Will Melrose, Ian Bickerton, head of Swindon Council’s leisure, libraries and culture, Joanne Downing, British Cycling recreation manag Ready to pedal are Simon Oxlade, Vany Mohanraj, Mark Williams, Deb Tremblin, Craig Scott, Steve Goulding, Rob Norman, Will Melrose, Ian Bickerton, head of Swindon Council’s leisure, libraries and culture, Joanne Downing, British Cycling recreation manag

IN THE year the Tour De France is heading to the UK, Swindon has been selected to host a cycling challenge of its own.

The town has been selected as one of more than 100 locations across the country to host British Cycling’s Sky Ride Local programme.

Between June and September, more than 35 cycling challenges are being held of varying distances, from three to 30 miles, all of which will take in different sites of Swindon.

Mum-of-two Vany Mohanraj, 33, who lives in the town centre, has already signed up to a four-mile ride which will set off from the Oasis Leisure Centre in June.

She said: “It’s the first time I have ridden a bike in this country, since borrowing my brother’s bike as a young child living in Sri Lanka. I’ve been practicing at the Learn To Cycle session at the County Ground and building up my confidence.

“I’m looking forward to the Sky Ride because cycling is a very sociable sport and we’ll also hopefully get some sunshine.”

Also riding is former engineer Neil Daycock, 59, who will be leading some of the events.

“I lived out in Highworth, so cycling was a necessity to get around and socialise,” he said.

“I also really enjoyed it and in my 20s joined a British Cycling-affiliated club called Swindon Wheelers, so I could start racing. That took me all over the country, entering 10 to 100-mile time trial races.”

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9:52am Thu 8 May 14

Ben Tri-Active says...

You can find a FREE ride now at www.goskyride.com/sw
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:)
You can find a FREE ride now at www.goskyride.com/sw indon :) Ben Tri-Active
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11:21am Thu 8 May 14

BCDR99 says...

Good news. All the rides can be up and down the new Western Flyer as that's the only place any money directed at cycling has been spent in the last few years.
Good news. All the rides can be up and down the new Western Flyer as that's the only place any money directed at cycling has been spent in the last few years. BCDR99
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11:46am Thu 8 May 14

BCDR99 says...

Not only is the Tour de France heading to the UK this year, the Giro D'Italia starts in Belfast tomorrow, the Tour Series is in Woking and the Tour of Britain comes to Worcester, Bath and Bristol in September.

Top level cycling is all around us. Maybe one day, it can actually come to Swindon. Other towns and cities are getting the benefit of being stage towns or venues for the Tour Series.
Not only is the Tour de France heading to the UK this year, the Giro D'Italia starts in Belfast tomorrow, the Tour Series is in Woking and the Tour of Britain comes to Worcester, Bath and Bristol in September. Top level cycling is all around us. Maybe one day, it can actually come to Swindon. Other towns and cities are getting the benefit of being stage towns or venues for the Tour Series. BCDR99
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3:21pm Thu 8 May 14

nobody says...

BCDR99 wrote:
Not only is the Tour de France heading to the UK this year, the Giro D'Italia starts in Belfast tomorrow, the Tour Series is in Woking and the Tour of Britain comes to Worcester, Bath and Bristol in September.

Top level cycling is all around us. Maybe one day, it can actually come to Swindon. Other towns and cities are getting the benefit of being stage towns or venues for the Tour Series.
The council would have to fix alot of potholes first.
[quote][p][bold]BCDR99[/bold] wrote: Not only is the Tour de France heading to the UK this year, the Giro D'Italia starts in Belfast tomorrow, the Tour Series is in Woking and the Tour of Britain comes to Worcester, Bath and Bristol in September. Top level cycling is all around us. Maybe one day, it can actually come to Swindon. Other towns and cities are getting the benefit of being stage towns or venues for the Tour Series.[/p][/quote]The council would have to fix alot of potholes first. nobody
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