Get on the saddle for a new Norfolk cycle show

PUBLISHED: 13:26 23 January 2013 | UPDATED: 13:26 23 January 2013

Hugo Armstrong on the static cycle challenge known as the Rollerdrome. Photo: Steve Adams

Hugo Armstrong on the static cycle challenge known as the Rollerdrome. Photo: Steve Adams

Norfolk is set to host its first ever show dedicated to all things cycling on the back of Great Britain’s two-wheeled success last summer.

Bradley Wiggins’ famous Tour de France victory, Team GB’s gold rush at the Olympics and the increased popularity of cycling has inspired Luke Rumbelow to host The Norfolk Cycle Show.

Next month’s event will see a range of outdoor activities, including a custom-made mountain bike circuit and children’s cycling track, together with a host of cycling specialists.

It will also include guest appearances from former Team Sky coach and professional cyclist Sean Yates, 2012 British Paralympian Lauren Steadman and Norwich City legend Jeremy Goss, who will be chatting about his 1,300-mile Back To Bayern cycle challenge.

The event will be held at the Forum on February 3, from 10am to 3pm.

Keen cyclist Mr Rumbelow, from Great Yarmouth, who came up with the idea on a cycle ride, said: “This is a unique event for Norfolk. You would normally have to travel to the NEC or London to attend a bike show, and I wanted to create an event that is free for people to attend, and an opportunity for beginners to pro cyclists, as well as families, to embrace all that is good with cycling in Norfolk.”

At the Pedal Revolution and community interest company Activating CIC-sponsored event, people will have the chance to have a go at bike racing on a four-bike indoor rig, known as a Rollerdrome, make their own smoothies by pedalling and give their bikes a free health check with Dr Bike.

Cycling specialists from firms including CyclesUK and StreetLife will be on hand and Norwich-based triathlon club Tri-Anglia will be giving people the chance to try their hand on a Wattbike, then a treadmill, experiencing part of a triathlon.

Neil Turner, from Activating CIC, said: “It’s going to be such a brilliant day. It’s a real landmark to have an event like this in Norfolk and will give people the chance to discover how accessible cycling is, how great it can be for your health and, from a family point of view, how easy it is to get going, get out there and enjoy it.”

The event is free and there will be free secure bike parking.

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