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Velocity: Meet Team Hazel Grove Blues

  • 20 February 2014 10:03
  • Posted by @mcfc

Thinking of taking part in Velocity - our 24 hour charity cycling event? Get to know the team from our Hazel Grove supporters club who are looking forward to riding again this year...

What made you and your team sign up to Velocity?

We rode the event last year, and really enjoyed it, and there was no doubt in our minds that if it was staged this year, we would certainly do it again.  We are a very active branch, not just on matchday but also socially and charity events. There are a number of us that are interested in cycling, as well as running and swimming, and two years previously we had put in 3 teams for the Halloween Triathlon event.  One of our teams actually  won that event!

When a new Velocity sporting challenge came up last year, we were very keen to try riding at the Velodrome and raising funds along the way.
Who will your team consist of? Have they been on a velodrome before?

Our team at the moment consists of our Captain, Chris Keeling-Roberts along with his son Sam and Stu Hall and Kevin Brown, who all four rode last year. The 5th member is unavailable this year, Rob, Stu’s brother, rode last year but intends to run the Wilmslow Half Marathon on the same day as Velocity, so has stood down, but is potentially a reserve. So Chris Jones is joining the team, he is always cycling but he hasn’t ridden in the Velodrome before.  
All money raised will go directly to MCFC’s foundation, City in the Community and it’s chosen charities. They currently work with 230,000 contacts each year. How vital is it that fundraising events like this exist? 

We think it is very important that such fundraising events exist, it is great that CITC are promoting sporting challenges, as maybe it helps encourage a healthier lifestyle. 

Since our branch started way back in 1999, whenever CITC require fundraising or organise an event, we always try and help.
Are you and your team doing any pre-event training?

Yes, we are currently trying to work out a calendar of activities that suits us.  We are planning some group rides in the Peak District, working on stamina and endurance, and are also booking sessions at the Velodrome, to practice track skills.  It is difficult finding a time that suits everyone, especially with evening sessions at the Velodrome being so booked up.  We are keen to do even better this year.

A team of former players, City in The Community sessions and much more will be taking place during the event. What are you most looking forward to on the day?

As we have the midnight session booked, we are not expecting a lot of other people to be at the Velodrome when we are riding, however, it would be a massive boost if some former players or club representatives are there throughout, encouraging us on.

We are most looking forward to the challenge of riding for an hour again, and exceeding the number of laps that we achieved last year - 647
Any words of encouragement you’d like to offer for any other teams thinking about signing up?

We would encourage anyone to try this event, riding on the track is not a difficult as it looks, and is great fun. We would recommend that anyone who wants to do it, does have at least one taster session at the Velodrome beforehand, so that they know what to expect, and you feel a bit more confident about riding on the track. Track bikes do not have brakes, and riding such a fixed wheel bike takes a bit of practice if you are not used to it.  You do not have to wear cleats and “clip in”, and can use toe clips, but again it helps to be confident about which system you are using before the big day, or night!

Find out more about Velocity taking place on Saturday 22 - Sunday 23 March.

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