YOUNG cyclists from across the south are being offered the chance to ride in the tracks of Sir Chris Hoy at the historic Goodwood Motor Circuit.
Youngsters aged up to 18 who are members of British Cycling will be part of a new event, the Chichester-based Southdown Velo Goodwood Summer Series, with 60 riders taking to the 3.8km track to complete three laps of the circuit.
They will be followed by 120 senior male and female competitors completing 15 laps, with the events taking place over a ten-week period each Tuesday. The series started this week.
The cyclists are riding the same circuit ridden by Sir Chris last year, when he led a 72-rider two-lap demonstration to mark the 100th year of the Tour de France. The track was also used to stage the title races of the 1983 UCI Road World Championship.
Riders who are successful in invidual races will be awarded category points authorised by the British Cycling Federation, the UK’s governing body for the sport.
Event organiser Tony Toynton said the event would appeal to amateur cyclists from across the region.
“What an opportunity to be part of cycling history,” he said.
The series follows the now-defunct Goodwood Gallops, which were held at the Goodwood circuit until 2011. Attendance was always high with more than 100 riders taking part.
It is hoped support for the new series will be strong, with the circuit open to spectators before and during the event.
For further details, go to www.britishcycling.org.uk or contact John Rowlands on 01243 583954.