Young cyclists urged to get on their bikes

06/08/2012,  TSPL, Scotsman Publications, London Olympic Games 2012. Mens Keiri Final. Sir Chris Hoy cycles to the Gold medal in the Velodrome tonight. Pic Ian Rutherford
06/08/2012, TSPL, Scotsman Publications, London Olympic Games 2012. Mens Keiri Final. Sir Chris Hoy cycles to the Gold medal in the Velodrome tonight. Pic Ian Rutherford
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A new initiative from the Scottish Borders Cycling Development Group is set to help to identify potential champions of the future.

Young cyclists from the region are being invited to a “come and try” cycle racing event on April 27 at Scott Park in Galashiels, where Richard Lord, Scottish Cycling regional development officer, will attend to spot the best young athletes.

They will then be offered the chance to participate in the Borders Cycling Development Group’s talent development programme which will include coaching support, training sessions and sports science workshops.

The programme aims to enable the cyclists to reach their full potential offering support to competition level at Scottish and even British national events.

Targeted at the Under-16 and Under-14 age categories (riders born 1997-2000) in the first year, the programme’s focus will be on MTB racing, but it will also include an element of road racing.

Looking forward to the event, Mr Lord told The Southern: “Bike racing is at an all-time high after the success of last year’s Tour de France and Olympic Games.

“Thousands of people have been inspired to get on a bike and start racing.

“This programme will assist existing and new riders to start racing and offer them high-quality coaching and sport science support.

“Through the Borders Cycling Development Group and Scottish Cycling, we are building a strong club and racing culture to create opportunities for the stars of the future to engage, learn and have fun racing.”

Ewan Jackson, chief executive of Borders Sport and Leisure, added: “We hope this initiative will bring more young people into the exciting world of cycle sports.

The “come and try” day will run 1-4pm and all cyclists born between 1997-2000 are welcome to attend.

Mr Jackson added: “We hope for a really big turnout and look forward to a great day and the chance for our young cyclists to really show off their abilities.”

More information on the talent-spotting event can be obtained by contacting Borders Sport and Leisure on 01750 724980 or Richard Lord on 0141 554 6021 or 07908 672652.