COLNE’S Olympic gold medallist and world champion Steven Burke paid a visit to Cycle Sport Pendle to meet all the young riders and parents.
Steven’s visit coincided with one of the club’s fortnightly coaching sessions at Seedhill, Nelson.
He and the club’s over 16s - Amy Gornall, Oliver Payton, Connor French, Jacob Pietfield, Sam Boast and Commonwealth Games gold medalist, club coach Alan Gornallb - then headed off on a 40-mile loop around Pendle and the Ribble Valley.
A measure of the clubs success is that Amy (16) from Barnoldswick, and Sam (19) from Colne have both secured places in development race teams for riders 16-23 that will compete in all the top UK races in 2013. Amy joins the all girls’ team of Scott Contessa, and Sam moves to Team Sportscover. Both riders will retain their links with CSP and their training programmes will be overseen by the CSP coaches.
Coach and club chairman Neil Welsh said: “We are all delighted for them both and it highlights the route all our young riders can aim for. Sam and Amy’s new teams are the stepping stone and link to even higher achievement, a route very similar to Steven’s..
“To have our very own Olympic champion right here in Pendle and to have him out with our riders is wonderful, very motivating for our youngsters, success breeds success and everyone plays their part at the club.”
The clubs sessions have proved so popular post London 2012 that there is now a waiting list for the Under 12s. The club does have places available for over 12s, and are particularly keen to see more girls at the club following Amy’s wheel tracks, and for more information about the club and application forms, go to www.cyclesportpendle.org.uk.