Movement from the final grass monitor event at Ambleside sports activities in 2019.
Carlisle Biking Affiliation, alongside Beacon Wheelers cycling membership, Shall be bringing the thrilling sport of grass-monitor racing to Silloth Inexperienced for The primary time.
It is going to be staged as An factor of the Solway Coast Pageant of Biking on Saturday, September 11.
What, You’d possibly be questioning, is grass-monitor? It is A regular, however Not properly-acknowledged, Sort of motorcycle racing By which riders compete on monitor bikes with one single, fixed gear and no brakes, Simply Simply like the bikes You will have seen ridden on the velodrome On the Olympics recently.
Neverthemuch less, pretty than on a banked velodrome the racing takes place on a flat grass monitor, so the bikes have off-road tyres for further grip.
Racing is quick and thrilling and requires power and expertise. Quite Quite A pair of properly-acknowledged cyclists collectively with Olympic gold medal winners Victoria Pendleton and Katie Archibald and current expert riders Ellie Dickinson and Mark Donovan, each former Beacon Wheelers, honed their expertises on the grass-monitor Of their youthful yrs.
Grass-monitor racing was beforehand A properly-appreciated event at many agricultural reveals and village sports activities days Neverthemuch less it has Discover your self to be much less properly-appreciated with time.
The one reprimarying grass-monitor meets in Cumbria are Ambleside Sports and Egremont Crab Truthful, each of which have been cancelled this yr.
CCA are subsequently very grateful to the festival organisers and Silloth Metropolis Council for This alternative To assist protect The sport and hopefully entertain festival visitors.
The current crop of native grass-monitor riders, hopefully joined by others from Throughout the nation, Shall be racing over Quite a Little bit of distances between noon And three.45pm, culminating with The conventional and thrilling race “The Devil Takes the Hindmost” By which the final rider in every lap is eradicated.
Clearly, these races are For educated riders solely – driving A motorcycle with no brakes shortly, Shut to others on grass takes apply – however To current native youngsters a type of This type of driving, The first races Shall be interspersed with informal youngsters’s races ridden on common bikes. It’s An alternative for spectators To hitch in.
CCA are nonethemuch less Looking for sponsors To current prizes for the riders and To assist with prices of safety gear for the racing.
If anyone Have The will to make a small donation, both monetary or of sweets for The youngsters, contact the secretary on [e-mail protected]