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7 days left until Worthing Street Velodrome!

There are only seven days left until Worthing Street Velodrome 2016 opens on Beach House Grounds.  What will you be doing next weekend (and if it isn’t Velodrome related, maybe it’s time to change your plans and get on the track for a free have-a-go session?)

Powering back onto Beach House Grounds from Friday 1st July, Worthing’s Street Velodrome builds on the success of the inaugural 2015 event.  With a dedicated schools’ day on the Friday, free public drop-in tuition & have-a-go sessions on Saturday 2nd July followed by amateur and pro-level competitive races on Sunday 3rd July, it’s going to be a sun-drenched, fast-paced and adrenaline fuelled fun family weekend!

In addition to the track action, there will be a range of cycling related trade stands, an international pop-up food arena – with an emphasis on healthy and freshly made foods – from the Proto Group, further edible delights from other local providers alongside a live acoustic music stage hosted by Northbrook College and Shoreham Allstars, and plenty more to make the weekend go with a spin.

After the track action and free have-a-go on Saturday 2 June, the acoustic stage will remain open until 9pm, with food and drink continuing to be provided until the last note of the evening’s entertainment rings out.

The music stage is a new addition for the 2016 Worthing StreetVelodrome and will feature Northbrook current and graduating students, together with the stars of the recent S’koolFest concert, which featured the best under 18 bands and singers, alongside the Shoreham Allstars, fresh from their appearance at Wildlife Festival.

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Stars of the recent S’kool Fest, fresh from Wildlife Festival

Sunday 3rd July will also begin with a Peloton along the Prom starting at 09:30 from the seafront shelter at the foot of George V Avenue,  organised by Worthing resident Jeremy Strutt.

Coaching amateur riders around the tightly banked track will be Rowena Price, who rode to local and then national victory in 2015’s amateur competition.  Now a Pro Rider with the South Coast Rollers (Worthing’s home team), Rowena will be sharing her skills with the town’s amateur riders who will be competing for a space on the South Coast Roller team for the London finals alongside Rowena and fellow SCR Pro Rider Jack Ravenscroft.  You can read more about Rowena’s story – and her hopes for 2016 – here

For more information, including an up to date event schedule, please visit the dedicated website – www.WorthingStreetVelodrome.co.uk – or follow the action through Twitter using the hashtag #WorthingSV16.  Local residents are reminded that for the duration of the competition, the event will be using the southern portion of the Beach House pay and display car park.  

Interviews across the weekend are available.  Please contact Neil Hopkins on 01903 221242 to arrange.

 

Event Schedule Overview:

FRIDAY – 09:00 – 18:00
School Trip & food / catering / bar and trade stands
Velodrome track not open to the public

Saturday 2 July

The first full day of the Worthing StreetVelodrome 2016.  

Times: 09.00 – 18.00

  • 10:00 – 10:15: Town Crier to introduce the Mayor of Worthing, who will open the event
  • 10:15 – 10:45: Sponsorship track time for Lancing College
  • 10:45 – 11:00: Bronze Sponsor track time
  • 11:00 – 11:15: Local Media track time
  • 11:15 – 11:30: Mascot race
  • 11:30 – 13:30: Free drop-in ‘have a go’ sessions
  • 13:30 – 14:00: Durrington Community Cycle Project track time
  • 14:00 – 15:30: Children’s sessions
  • 15:30 – 18:00: Free drop-in ‘have a go’ sessions

Evening Entertainment

Times:  18.00 – 21.00

After the day’s racing has completed, Beach House Grounds will continue to host the live acoustic music stage from Northbrook College and Shoreham Allstars, supported by food and drink stalls from the Proto Group.

Sunday 3 July

A day of fast and furious cycling action where the fastest amateurs will earn themselves a spot alongside Rowena and Jack in the Southcoast Rollers at the London SuperFinals on July 30th.

The Event Village will support the day and the crowds who are expect to cheer on the home team as it finds its new members.

  • 09:00 – 12:30: Amateur Rider Time Trials
  • 12:30 – 13:00: Amateur Rider Race Off
  • 13:00 – 14:00: Pro Rider Team Qualifying Races
  • 14:00 – 16:00: StreetVelodrome Kids Series Pro Coaching Session
  • 16:00 – 17:45: UK Street Velodrome Series, featuring the pro and amateur rider series and kids series

The focus in the food arena, provided by the Proto Group, is going to be on fine, fresh made foods all created with the ethos of zero sodium, low calories, low fat and gluten free and a heightened awareness of allergens.  Proto Restaurant Group wants to join in with the wellbeing and make sure all the food in the village is healthy, nutritious and freshly cooked. They are proud to announce that they will be bringing The Fish Factory Boutique, selling sustainably line caught fish and English hand cut Maris piper chips and will be using 100 groundnut oil.  They will also be bringing Worthing’s biggest paella pans and producing traditional Andalusia chicken and chorizo paella and for the first time in the town, fresh charcoaled grilled souvlaki pittas.

Worthing’s Rowena to defend her Street Velodrome title – just one month to go!

In 2015, sports enthusiast and Street Velodrome newcomer Rowena Price flew around the banked track to become the fastest female amateur in a weekend of thrilling racing action.  This year, following her national title win in London, she returns to Beach House Grounds for the Worthing Street Veldodrome event, competing as a pro rider with the South Coast Rollers and coaching others to racing glory (alongside male pro rider Jack Ravenscroft).

We caught up with Rowena for a quick chat.

 

Worthing Street Velodrome Team (WSVT):

So, Rowena, how’s life?

Rowena Price (RP)

I have to say that it feels great be coming back to the Street Velodrome track in Worthing – I can’t believe that a whole year has flown by!  

WSVT:

Can you tell us a little about your Street Velodrome journey (just in case any readers weren’t at the event last year)?

RP:

I would describe myself as a keen sportswoman, but not especially as a professional cyclist.  So when Worthing Borough Council brought the Street Velodrome to the town last summer, I thought that I’d give it a try.

The coaching from the 2015 Pro Rider team was absolutely fantastic and, pretty soon I found that I was getting around the track faster than I had ever thought that I could.  I had no idea, however, that I’d become the fastest Female Amateur in the town, nor that I’d be on my way to the London Finals!

So, in August, there I was in London, competing against all of the other Amateur round winners – being filmed for BT Sport as well!  After a morning’s coaching, it was onto the track for the knock-out rounds;  I gave it my all and took home the ‘National Amateur Title’ trophy.  I’ve had a dream start to this year as well by winning a bronze medal in the first race of the 2016 series!

WSVT:

That’s absolutely fantastic – so what does 2016 hold for you?

RP:

I’m part of the South Coast Rollers Pro Rider team this year and am touring all nine local events throughout the UK, coaching and competing.  The series is also going to be followed by TV cameras – let’s just hope they get my best side!  

WSVT:

What are you most looking forward to (apart from being back in Worthing for the first weekend of July, of course)?

RP:

I’m really enjoying travelling up and down the country during the 2016 series, meeting lots of new people and playing my part in the StreetVelodrome family.  

I really want to help and inspire as many women and girls to get on their bikes as I can – as well as being inspired myself to compete against quality pro riders.  Even with the shoulder injury I’ve been nursing this year, getting on the bike and on the track has been the most exhilarating experience!

WVST: We hear that there are some changes in the competition for this year.  Can you tell us more about those?

RP:

Last year, the fastest amateur riders raced against the pro riders for a chance to go to the national finals.

This year, amateur riders will challenge each other and the fastest pair will automatically get a place on the South Coast Rollers alongside Jack and I for the final competition in London.  It’s a shake-up to the format which will make it even more exciting!

WSVT:

Thanks Rowena – best of luck and we’ll be there to cheer you on!

RP: 

I’ll look out for you – Worthing is the home of the South Coast Rollers team, so I’m really hoping that everyone’s going to turn out to show their support!  And, who knows,  maybe another Worthing resident will get a place on the team by winning the amateur competition – I can promise you, it’s a brilliant feeling!

Could you be Worthing’s next Rowena Price?  Even if you don’t have any cycle racing experience, you can still take to the Street Velodrome track to try it out for yourself – and who knows, with Rowena’s coaching behind you, you might just take that podium spot…

Find out more about how you and get on the track on www.WorthingStreetVelodrome.co.uk

Even if you don’t fancy trying your skills on the course, there’s plenty to entertain across the main event during the weekend of 2 – 3 July including an acoustic music stage alongside food village with pop-up stalls and trade stands, this is a weekend not to be missed!  Follow all of the pre-event warm up action through the website, on Twitter or via Facebook  and don’t forget to put the weekend in your diary!

Interview with Jeremy Strutt

Taking the pace of the Sunday Peloton on the Prom

How are you getting to this year’s Street Velodrome? If you’re not joining the Sunday Peloton on the Prom on Sunday 3rd July, you might want to rethink your day… We take a moment to catch up with the peloton’s organiser, Jeremy Strutt, to find out what it’s all about.

WSV Team (WSVT):

Before we start with the questions, tell us a bit about your cycling history, Jeremy. What got you onto two wheels in the first place? What do you love about it?

Jeremy Strutt (JS):

Everyone rides bikes as kids, but for me it became a mode of transport when I got my first part time job. Since then I have ridden all sorts of different bikes, for transport and pleasure.

We are very lucky in Worthing to have easy access to the downs for mountain biking and touring, as well as not many hills around town for commuting and just going out for coffee!

Who doesn’t like coffee and cake?

WSVT:

And we’ve got to ask – what’s the cycle that you’ve loved owning the most?

JS:

I currently own a variety of bikes, from a three wheel cargo trike to a BMX, and most things in between, but my current favourite is my Ridgeback touring bike. With a rack for panniers and full mud guards, it is the chosen bike for almost every trip!

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WSVT:

That brings us to the Peloton on the Prom. What inspired you to make it happen?

JS:

Since starting the Worthing Cycling Facebook page in 2011, one of the core features has been arranging group rides along the prom. Not only is it part of the National Cycle Network, the shared use prom is a key part of getting people on bikes. It promotes slow steady riding, and helps young riders to appreciate sharing space with other users before they venture on to the road. Last year we had two rides, one on Saturday for families, and one on Sunday for custom and classic bikes, and both were a huge success!

WSVT:

Do you have any special plans for this year’s Sunday Peloton on the Prom? How can people find out about it and join in?

JS:

This year, the ride is all combined into one on Sunday morning, so we can get all the families, tag alongs, customs, classics and everything in between all out together.

The plan is the same though, meet at the wind shelter at the bottom of George Fifth Ave, which is the beginning of the off road part of NCN2, and there’s free parking! We will all set off together for a slow and steady ride to the Street Velodrome Event, no one will get left behind!

The cruise is on Facebook, and also on Road.cc for people who don’t use social media. Just turn up on the day! There will be metal railings set up in Beach House Gardens to secure your bike during the day, so don’t forget your locks!

WSVT:

Will you be having a go on the track this year? If you’re not, is there someone you’d like to give a quick shout out to, to speed them on their way?

JS:

Ummmm….. I don’t have a competitive bone in my body, so probably won’t take to the track, however I am looking forward to watching the action!

Thanks for your time, Jeremy – we can’t wait to see who comes to this year’s Peloton on the Prom!

If you’re inspired to join in, then have a look at the event’s page on Facebook or, if you’re not a Facebooker, simply arrive at the wind shelter at the foot of George V Avenue to be a part of the action!

The local brands who made Worthing StreetVelodrome 2016 possible

What does it take to bring an event like the Street Velodrome to Worthing?  Aside from a dedicated management team, a fantastic community of cycling and sports enthusiasts and plenty of long, long days, it takes local companies to see the value of getting involved as sponsors to really pull off an event with a truly local feel.

For 2016, we were delighted to welcome Lancing College as the headline sponsor for the StreetVelodrome.  Keen to get involved from the very first mention of “innovative cycling event”, Heather Beeby, Head, Lancing Prep at Worthing said:

“It’s great for the local community that StreetVelodrome is coming back to Worthing this year and we’re delighted to be a part of this exciting initiative – a healthy and exciting way for everyone to have good fun!”

 

Supporting sponsor was Southern Railway, whose cycle friendly carriages encourage all of us to pedal beside the sea or up onto the Downs.

Andrew Harrowell, Community Investment and CSR Manager for Southern Railway, said:

“At Southern we are passionate about helping our passengers make sustainable journeys, including those to and from our stations. The Worthing StreetVelodrome is a great opportunity for people to get involved in cycling, think about getting fit, whilst having fun, and we are pleased to be working together with the Councils to support this.”

Accompanying Southern Rail as a Supporting Sponsor was Worthing Homes, who provide affordable rented homes, key worker accommodation, low-cost shared ownership, sheltered housing and new homes for local people.  

Jackie Bligh, Worthing Homes’ Chief Executive, said:

“People, communities and opportunities are at the heart of what we do. The Velodrome is a fantastic way of promoting these key elements as it is an event for people of all ages that really brings the community together and we are very pleased to be a part of it.”

Don’t forget to follow Worthing StreetVelodrome on Twitter and Facebook

Worthing Street Velodrome 2015 – Relive the action!

BT Sports 2 have just announced that they will be broadcasting the Worthing Street Velodrome on Wednesday 21st October 2015 at 5:30pm.

On the 1st and 2nd of August 2015, the Worthing Street Velodrome heat bought the town to a standstill, as it seems the whole population came out to cheer on the brave contestants.

In fact, the Worthing heat attracted the most applications to compete, than any other heat across the UK.

Cllr Daniel Humphreys, Leader Worthing Borough Council adds:

“The Velodrome weekend in August was a magnificent event, a real highlight of the summer. It seemed like the whole town turned out to watch. Residents, visitors and businesses alike benefited from the great atmosphere this world class event attracted.”

You can view the Worthing Street Velodrome action on BT Sport 2 on:

  • Wednesday, 21st October 2015, 5:30pm
  • Monday, 26th October 2015, 11:00am
  • Thursday, 29th October 2015, 9:00am
  • Monday, 16th November 2015, 3:30pm

Custom, Classic and Modified Bicycle Cruise to StreetVelodrome

Event on 2nd August 2015 at 9am

For full details please see the event on Facebook (link below).

As you are all no doubt aware, the StreetVelodrome is coming to Worthing in August. On Sunday 2nd August there will be a cruise for Custom, Classic and Modified Bicycles!

The cruise is open to everyone, but the focus is on Custom, Classic and Modified bikes. So – I am hoping for a good selection of Fixies, BMXs, Lowriders, Retro MTBs, Vintage Racers and maybe even a Sinclair C5 or a Penny Farthing? Anything goes, lets raise some eyebrows and have a laugh on Bicycles!

To find out more please see the Custom, Classic and Modified Bicycle Cruise to information on the road.cc website.

See also:

Custom, Classic, Modified Bicycle cruise event

Family Bicycle Cruise to StreetVelodrome

Event on 1st August 2015 at 9am

For full details please see the event on Facebook (link below).

As you are all no doubt aware, the Street Velodrome is coming to Worthing in August. Following the huge success of the Kids Easter Bike Ride along the prom, we are arranging another and aiming to get even more riders out together!

To find out more please see the Family Bicycle Cruise to information on the road.cc website.

See also:

Family Bicycle cruise event

Pro riders announced for Worthing

The first pro riders for Worthing’s FREE StreetVelodrome have been confirmed, with top British and international cyclists competing over the weekend.

Jess Stone (British National Downhill Champion) and Dave Johnson (2014 StreetVelodrome Series Champion) will be in Worthing on both the Saturday and Sunday. Jess and Dave were at the London Bike Show in February, where the StreetVelodrome was set up for taster sessions and challenges against pro riders.

Appearing alongside Jess and Dave on the Sunday will be Anna Glowinski (TV presenter and pro cyclist) and Mario Presi (Italian national BMX champion). There will also be plenty of Pro Teams competing in the Worthing’s round of the StreetVelodrome, still to be announced.

Worthing is the fifth round of the UK StreetVelodrome series and takes place at Beach House Grounds on Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd August.