News – Spalding Velo Prix


An exciting new event is riding into Spalding over the May Day Bank Holiday weekend

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News – Spalding Velo Prix

An exciting new event is riding into Spalding over the May Day Bank Holiday weekend marking the return of town centre cycle racing, formerly held on the Sunday following Spalding Flower Parade.

“Spalding Velo Prix” will see Spalding Cycling Club organise a Go-Ride Racing event on the Saturday morning, which will be open to all Under 16 children from across South Holland competing on the Monks House Lane playing field.

In the afternoon, families are invited to ride about 20 miles around Spalding and district in a guided tour, visiting some local churches taking part in their annual flower festival. These leisurely rides will be ideal for less experienced riders with members of Spalding Cycling Club leading and available to provide support.

On Sunday morning, the action moves to Spalding Market Place for an Italian Pursuit race, an exciting spectator sport in which a team drops a rider at the completion of every lap until only one rider per team is left to battle it out in the final lap. Entry is open to teams of riders from primary schools in South Holland, while the afternoon Inter Club competition is open to club teams of riders.

Also on Sunday morning, Fenland Road Club have organised a “Sportive” ride of about 35 miles for more hard-core cyclists setting off from Spalding town centre. At the same time a cycle jumble and other supporting attractions will be in the Town Centre.


Lead organisers, Spalding Cycling Club have called on the experience of its members in event organisation after establishing themselves on the British Cycling regional event calendar for many years by hosting a range of races and time trials in South Lincolnshire.

Since the Lincs Free Press presented members with the idea towards the end of last year, the club has succeeded in uniting Springfield’s Shopping Centre and the town centre to once again give hundreds of families a reason to visit Spalding over the former flower parade weekend. Springfield’s Horticultural Society event “Tulip mania” and a Classic Car Show take place the same weekend.

Broadgate Homes and Spalding Water Taxi have come on board as main sponsors. Existing club sponsor Gibbons Cycles and Sports have also confirmed their support of the weekend’s activities. The Local Press and Radio will be keeping the public informed of developments on the run-up to the event.

Simon Wright, chairman of Spalding Cycling Club, said: “I have been overwhelmed by the level of support from sponsors, stakeholders and club members, all determined to make the weekend a success and not only create a great event for visitors to Spalding to enjoy but also encouraging people to get out and ride their bikes.”

Saturday 2nd May 2015 AM Event
Youth ‘Go-Race’ Event

Enter from 9am
Event Starts at 9:30am
Monkshouse Lane Playing Field, Pennygate, Spalding, PE11 1LG

Saturday 2nd May 2015 PM Event
Guided Family Rides
Starting from 1pm
Monkshouse Lane Playing Field, Pennygate, Spalding, PE11 1LG

Sunday 3rd May 2015 AM Event
Inter School Challenge – Italian Pursuit
Market Place, Spalding

Sunday 3rd May 2015 AM Event
Fenland Road Club Reliability Ride

Circa 35 Mile Sign Posted Route
Starting from Spalding Town Centre

Sunday 3rd May 2015 PM Event
Inter Club Challenge – Italian Pursuit
Market Place, Spalding

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