Hundreds take part in Slow Ride at Preston Park Velodrome

Posted On 28 Feb 2015 at 2:47 pm

WITH VIDEO: About 300 riders defied miserable weather to show their support for the Preston Park Velodrome at a Slow Ride this morning.

Riders pause their slow ride at the Preston Park Velodrome today

Riders pause their slow ride at the Preston Park Velodrome today

Cyclists young and old riding low bikes, tall bikes and all sizes in between rode sedately around the cycle track, which has been closed for competitive racing.

British Cycling’s surveyors estimate repairing the perimeter fence will cost £300,000, and it is now in talks with the council to see whether they can come up with the necessary funding between them.

Organiser Rupert Rivett said: “Considering it was awful weather I think it went really well.

“We knew there is good support for the track from social media, but when people show up you know they really mean it.

“All those hundreds of cyclists aren’t going to stop until the track is repaired.”

They were also joined by Labour’s parliamentary candidate Purna Sen, and leader of the Brighton and Hove Conservative group Geoffrey Theobald.

  1. Gerald Wiley Reply

    The track has never been close for competitive racing – it was never designed for it. And it is not a ‘velodrome’ – it is a ‘cycle track’.

    Now why doesn’t Rupert Rivett doing something useful, and organise a fund raising activity to pay for the track to be updated for competitive racing, rather than having a childish ‘slow ride’.

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