Team GB stars Lizzie Armitstead and Ed Clancy are supporting British Cycling’s Go-Ride Games this summer, a series of nationwide cycling events - launching on 11 August - that will give young people who have been inspired by the Olympics the opportunity to try club cycling for the first time.
Lizzie Armitstead, backing the Go-Ride Games
The Go-Ride Games will launch on the final weekend of the Olympics and will run for two weeks. Over 100 events are planned nationwide and thousands of young people are expected to take part with 100 cycling clubs throughout England, Scotland and Wales signed up to deliver Olympic-themed events.
With such a widespread programme of free or low cost events, Lizzie Armitstead is confident the Go-Ride Games can inspire the next generation of riders, just as the prospect of the London Olympics inspired her as a teenager.
“I started riding when I was 16 because it had been announced that we were going to be having the Olympic Games in London and British Cycling launched a programme to find young talent,” Lizzie said.
“Now, with London finally here, I hope everyone is as excited as we are and that the Go-Ride Games can inspire the next generation of star riders.”
Similarly, Ed Clancy is keen to see as many young people as possible give cycling a try, saying:
“I started out as a kid who loved messing around on mountain and BMX bikes, but it was my local club that helped me become a proper rider.
“Go-Ride clubs are brilliant at getting young people started in cycling. That is why I’m sure all the Go-Ride Games events will be great fun and a huge success!”
Each Go-Ride Games event will be unique as British Cycling has tasked individual clubs with organising their own event. All of the events will have a focus on Olympic-style competition and coaching activities.
To find out more about the Go-Ride Games and the local events taking place across England, Scotland and Wales, visit the Go-Ride Games homepage.