Shropshire cyclists buzzing after meeting former champion Chris Boardman MBE

Shropshire cyclists young and old are buzzing with enthusiasm after being given some top tips by former cycling champion Chris Boardman MBE who joined them on a recent ride out into the Shropshire hills.

The former British champion imparted his advice and knowledge of the sport to more than 100 cyclists of varying abilities when he took part in the 30-mile ride from Shrewsbury to Pontesbury and back.

The ride, organised by Stan’s Cycles with the help of Shrewsbury-based Paramount Cycling Racing Team, came as Shrewsbury staged its first professional bike race in 20 years.

Ben Lawrence, of the Paramount Cycling Racing Team and organiser of the Shrewsbury Grand Prix, which took place on May 25, said: “It was a huge honour for our riders to be able to take to the road with Chris Boardman for their weekly Saturday ride.

“It was a super day. Chris rode with five different groups from novice riders up to the faster paced pro-riders giving everyone the opportunity to ask questions, have a chat and get some top cycling tips to improve performance.

“It was a really big deal and everyone who turned out had a fantastic time.

“Cycling is such a community sport and Chris’s genuine, down to earth personality left all our riders buzzing.”

The former Olympic gold medalist had been in Shrewsbury to visit Stan’s Cycles whom he had chosen to stock his range of elite bikes.

Following the ride Mr Boardman and members of the Paramount Cycling Racing Team returned to Stan’s Cycles shop on Wyle Cop to enjoy tea and cake.

Mike Jones, owner of the shop, said: “We are thrilled to be one of just a handful of stockists for Chris’s range of elite bikes and even more excited that he came to visit the shop and took the time to ride out into the Shropshire hills with local riders.

“Cycling in Shropshire is growing in popularity all the time and for local riders to get a once in a lifetime opportunity to cycle next to their biggest sporting hero is just fantastic.

“It gave the riders a real boost. We are extremely proud to be sponsors of Paramount and are grateful for the help all the members give for events like this and the Shrewsbury Grand Prix.”

The Shrewsbury Grand Prix  saw a packed programme of events with Olympic gold medalist and World Champion cyclist Joanna Rowsell MBE taking part in the women’s only race.

There was also an amateur race of around 50 minutes and an hour long pro-race.

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