CYCLING: Cotswold League opener in South Cerney on Sunday

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Mark Perry raises his arm in celebration after winning the South Cerney race in the Cotswold League series last season Mark Perry raises his arm in celebration after winning the South Cerney race in the Cotswold League series last season

A TOUR de France-style bike race is coming to the roads around South Cerney this Sunday (May 25).

Taking place as part of the annual Street Fair weekend, and promoted by local bike shop and club Performance Cycles (of Poulton) the race will round off a day of cycling activities that starts with a morning of skills training for youngsters and then a ‘villagers' race’ where locals will complete a lap of the course and see how quick they are compared to the afternoon racers.

The race is the opening round of the season-long Cotswold League and has attracted a high quality field.

Taking to the start line and wearing rider No.1 will be Rory Gilling (Performance Cycles) who won the overall title in last year’s Cotswold League, along with Mark Perry (Ride 24/7) who won the first edition of the race last year in the colours of his old team Dream Cycling.

Racing starts at 2.30pm and is expected to last just under two hours – with the start/finish at Atkins Manor in the centre of South Cerney (next to the Old George Inn).

The race is supported by Performance Cycles, The Old George Inn, Sunwise sunglasses, Wiltshire Ambulance and British Cycling.

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