VIDEO: Suffolk Saints are going for gold as StreetVelodrome rides into Bury

The Suffolk Saints cycling team - John Stockwell and Tanya Griffiths ANL-160713-162725001
The Suffolk Saints cycling team - John Stockwell and Tanya Griffiths ANL-160713-162725001

A Suffolk cycling team are hoping to rouse support in Bury St Edmunds as they ride into town for the penultimate round of the UK StreetVelodrome Series.

The Suffolk Saints - John Stockwell and Tanya Griffiths - have been cycling for the county in each of the six professional rounds of the popular pop-up cycling competition.

StreetVelodrome is a new Olympic-style pursuit-race competition and sees both amateur and professional riders compete for a national title.

It will be in Charter Square from today (July 15) to Sunday, July 17 and local people of all ages are being offered the chance to try the track free of charge.

John said: “If people get behind us in Bury St Edmunds, I’m sure there will be fireworks. We are getting faster and faster each time, just missing out on the medals by millimetres and literally fractions of a second.

“We are really hoping for some race wins in Bury St Edmunds. A bronze would be nice but who knows, even a gold if people get behind us.”

Local schools and The West Suffolk Wheelers cycling club will try the track first today, followed by evening sessions for local businesses including Suffolk County Council, Abbeycroft Leisure, and Suffolk Sport.

Tomorrow (July 16), the track is open to all-comers. The Suffolk Saints will be on hand during the three days to coach local riders of all ages and abilities with age appropriate bikes and helmets provided.

On Sunday, July, 17, televised by BT Sport, the Suffolk Saints will compete in the pro-rounds. Local riders can also take part in the amateur rounds.

The winners of the amateur competition - one male and one female - will then represent the county in the SuperFinals, staged in front of Buckingham Palace, on July 30.

StreetVelodrome has been brought to Bury through a collaboration between Suffolk County Council and Abbeycroft Leisure, in association with St Edmundsbury Borough Council and Bury Town Council.

To register for the amateur competition and the Kids Series on Sunday or for more details about StreetVelodrome, visit www.streetvelodrome.co.uk