Suffolk Saints, our professional cycling team, rode to success at the final stage of the UK StreetVelodrome Series in London this weekend. Anita Bickers, one of the two amateur riders who qualified to join the Suffolk Saints team after riding to victory at the penultimate stage of the competition in Bury St Edmunds, took home the golden jersey for the Amateur Female race.
The Prudential RideLondon SuperFinals, which took place at Green Park within sight of Buckingham Palace, was the final event of the UK StreetVelodrome Series, which has toured the country over the past four months. The free event, open for all ages and abilities, came to an end with a battle between the professional and amateur cyclists to claim the golden jersey and the UK StreetVelodrome Series championship title.
The penultimate round of the competition was held at Bury St Edmunds on 17 July, where Anita Bickers and Ian Proudfoot qualified as the fastest amateurs in the county and joined the Suffolk Saints team. The event, delivered by us at Abbeycroft Leisure, was a three day extravaganza of cycling, with over 650 locals taking part and cycling on the unique pop-up velodrome.
267 school children from Bury St Edmunds rode on the StreetVelodrome during a community day on Friday 15 July followed by 300 members of the public who got on their bikes to cycle on the velodrome on Saturday 16 July. As the Most Active Town in Suffolk, Bury St Edmunds strives to inspire Suffolk to become England’s Most Active County and the local residents rose to the challenge and embraced the unusual velodrome event.
On Sunday 17 July, cyclists from around the region recorded their fastest times, with Anita Bickers and Ian Proudfoot qualifying as the two fastest cyclists and joining professional riders, Tanya Griffiths and John Stockwell, to complete the Suffolk Saints team.
The top qualifying amateurs from around the UK travelled to London this weekend and battled it out to win the golden jersey and Suffolk-based Anita Bickers, from Hopton, rode to victory.
Anita Bickers said “I first saw the StreetVelodrome in action two years ago and I was terrified. I didn’t think I would be able to ride on such a steep and narrow track and it took me two years to finally cycle on the StreetVelodrome.
This year, I tried the StreetVelodrome at Lowestoft as part of my local cycling club Dunx Cycles and I loved it – I even travelled to Bury St Edmunds the following weekend to go on the track again, where I qualified as the fastest female amateur.
I am overwhelmed that I have won the Amateur Female category and I have had a wonderful experience. I was proud to represent Suffolk against my fellow amateur cyclists and bring home the golden jersey.”
Well done Anita and the rest of the Suffolk Saints team for your amazing cycling! Keep an eye out for the UK StreetVelodrome Series, which will be broadcast on BT Sport this Autumn.