Over 300 entries have been taken for the Icebreaker Youth track cycling series starting on Saturday 26 January at Wales’ National Velodrome in Newport, with some events already fully booked.
Icebreakers are a series of competitive cycling events for young children aged between 10 and 16, designed to give them a taste of competition on a safe, indoor cycle track.
The budding young cyclists will have an opportunity to emulate cycling stars like Geraint Thomas by taking part in a track omnium involving scratch and points racing.
Around 140 youngsters from cycling clubs across Wales, Midlands and the South East are set to take part in each event.
Organisers of the series include Welsh Cycling and volunteers of Newport Olympic Cycle Club, who decided to run the event for a second successive year owing to demand for opportunities to get more children on bikes.
The series was set up in 2010 by Welsh Cycling to help young riders build their early-season fitness and improve their track skills ahead of the summer.
Garrie Tillett, Welsh Cycling Youth Coach and organiser of the Icebreaker series says it’s an opportunity for youth riders to race in the early season and hone their skills for a summer of racing to come. He said:
“The Icebreakers are aimed at encouraging less experienced riders to try their hand at racing while also providing enough challenge for those who are regular racers.
“There’s been massive demand for entry to the Icebreaker Series 2013 with entry to all three rounds almost entirely full for boys and with only a few spaces in the girls events - so come on girls, let’s fill those spaces!”
A second round takes place on Saturday 23 February, with the series culminating on Saturday, 23 March. The Velodrome will be open to spectators free of charge.
However, more volunteers are needed if the event is to hold its continued status on the event calendar next year:
Garrie adds: “Welsh Cycling is looking to encourage youth cycle clubs to become more involved in the organisation of the Icebreaker Series to ensure its continued status in the calendar, so if you would like to know more please get in touch.”
A number of roles are available to volunteers willing to assist staging the events, and anyone interested should contact Welsh Cycling as soon as possible on 01633 670 540.
Enter online now via the British Cycling Onine Entry System: