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Start ’em young

It might sound like a competitive dad’s dream, but the “Raleigh challenge” is a skills and speed based trial involving traffic cone slaloms and a short time trial. Winners will go on to regional heats, where they stand a chance of winning a Raleigh bike and training sessions with “top riders”.

The events are being held throughout April and May by the BCF, but there’s no need to be a club member to enter. Prizes will also be given for runners up, and every rider will recieve a certificate. The three different age groups are School Year 2 and under, Years 3,4,5 and Years 6,7,8.

So if you know a nipper with acompetitive urge, location, date and contact details follow;

East Midlands

Matlock (Derbys), Yarburgh (Lincs), Lincoln, Blaby (Leics), Birstall (Leics), Sutton in Ashfield (Notts), Mansfield Woodhouse (Notts). Call Roger Whitfield (0116) 265734

West Midlands

Wolverhampton, Halesowen, Redditch, Bromsgrove, Shrewsbury, Hereford. Call Sophie Tobin(0121) 452 2913


Yeadon (Leeds), Sheffield, Otley, Holmfirth (Huddersfield), Bradford, Knaresborough. Call Bill Catterick (01724) 845518


Royston (Herts), Welwyn (Herts), Southend, Cambridge, Lowestoft, Bury St Edmonds, Braintree (Essex), Colchester. Call Michael Cowland(01284) 757098


Lee Valley Cycle Circuit, Sutton, Herne Hill, Roundshaw, Hillingdon, Hammersmith. Call Neil Simpson (020) 85031227

North West

Stockport, Carlisle, Whitehaven (Cumbria), Whalley (Lancs), Preston, Warrington, Congleton, Manchester. Call Ebrahim Khan B – (01772) 761000


Ashington (N’berland), Newcastle, Hartlepool, Barnard Castle, Redcar, Berwick. Call Peter Root(0191) 374 7437

South East

Rainham, Bexley, Sutton (Surrey), Guildford, Brighton, Hythe (Kent), Deal (Kent). Call Mark Wyer (01622) 605056

South West

Radstock, Bath, Weston Super Mare, Bournemouth, Cirencester, Bristol, Yeovil, Trowbridge. Call Chris Revill (01225) 396467

For details of Raleigh Challenge in Scotland call 0131 652 0187 and in Wales, call 01222 577 052


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