Grass track cycle racing has been a feature of Heckington Show for many years and Heckington boasts possibly the oldest grass track cycling event in the country, if not the World.
Heckington Cycling Events 2017
As part of our 150th Show celebrations, we are pleased and proud to have been chosen by British Cycling to promote not one but THREE National Grass Track Championships. We are organising both the men's and women's 800 mtr championships and the men's 8 km championships. This is the first time three National Championships have been held at the same venue in one day – and recognises the fact that Heckington has become the number one Grass Meeting in the UK.
Until entries start to arrive we cannot be sure who will eventually be on the starting line, but our tips for this year’s races are:
The 800 Ladies title has previously been held by at least two Olympic Gold Medal winners. Victoria Pendleton and Laura Kenny. This year we have a real contender from Lincolnshire in Tilly Gurney, formerly of Spalding CC, but now riding for BowlFish Racing Team. Tilly started riding at Heckington in the Go-Ride events and loves cycling at Heckington.
Lincolnshire has a long tradition of providing National Grass Track Champions. In the early part of last century, Albert 'Lal' White from Scunthorpe dominated at home and abroad. He won everything there was to win, including a Silver medal at the 1920 Olympics in Antwerp. More recently, Fred Borman, his son Denis and grandson Mick from Lincoln won many titles on Grass and Hard Track. Mick Daley from Lincoln also won both 800 mtr and 8 km titles and Pete Kennedy from Lincoln is one of only two riders to win all three Grass Nationals (400 mtr, 800 mtr and 8km).
For the long distance 8 km event, George Thompson must start as favourite, having won in style here last year. Another young rider to watch is Tom Roper from Carlisle. Tom won the season-long Grass Track leagues last year, at both 800 and 8 km, the first time anyone has achieved the double.
Each year we hold an inter-club championship for Lincolnshire clubs registered as Go-ride clubs with British Cycling. Teams of 6 riders compete in 7 events, scoring points in each event. Come along again this year and support your local team. There may be a future Chris Hoy or Vicky Pendleton out there - and you could see them first at Heckington
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