Olympic approval for Stevenage Cycling Festival

09 Oct 2017

Stevenage’s summer-long cycling festival, aimed at celebrating the town’s cycling heritage and promoting opportunities for cyclists of all abilities, ended this weekend with a visit from an Olympian.

Joanna Rowsell Shand MBE, who was part of the Olympic Gold-winning Team GB at London and Rio, joined members of Breeze on a 20-mile ride around Stevenage’s cycle tracks. The ride was started at Fairlands Valley Park by the Mayor, Cllr Pam Stuart.

Stevenage Cycling Festival has seen six months of fun cycling activities, including led rides, cycling courses and family events, across the town. It was all organised by a dedicated team of volunteers and professionals from Herts Cycling, We are Cycling UK (Stevenage branch), HSBC UK Breeze and Ride Social Champions, Kinetic Cycles and Stevenage Borough Council. One of the highlights of the festival was the visit to Stevenage, in May, of the Tour Series event featuring British professional cyclists.

Councillor Richard Henry, Executive Member for Children, Young People and Leisure, said: “Pedal power swept across Stevenage this summer as the cycling festival helped hundreds of people get back on their bikes to enjoy the benefits of cycling.  Many school and community events have been held including the TT1000 riders who rode to our twin towns in France and Germany raising 1000s of pounds for the Lister Hospital. 

“It is a huge honour for the festival to sign off in style with Olympic gold medallist, Joanna Rowsell Shand MBE, showing her support for our local Breeze group who do a brilliant job providing weekly rides. I’d like to thank all gold-medal worthy volunteers and professionals for making the festival a success and I hope to see even more people take part next year.”

To join a local HSBC UK Breeze ride, please visit www.letsride.co.uk to register. For more information about cycling in Stevenge, visit: http://www.stevenage.gov.uk/52710/52714/