Worksop Wheelers team have the X factor in ‘roller racing’

Worksop Wheelers Cycling Club
Worksop Wheelers Cycling Club

A team of Worksop Wheelers cyclists have reached the final of a ‘roller racing’ competition, organised by Planet X Cycles.

The Sheffield store came up with the event as a way of promoting local cycling, and clubs from around the region.

The events feature 10 members riding against another club on static bikes, positioned on rollers and connected to a computer system.

The riders have to race over 500 meters and 1 kilometre sprints.

Entrants race two at a time and the club with the fastest three riders at each distance go through to the next round of the competition.

Last Wednesday the Worksop Wheelers took on Ilkley Cycling Club, one of the biggest in the entire country,

The Wheelers, including junior members Evelyn Oldale and Christopher Wearn, won the event and are now through to the final, to be held at Planex X on 11th February.

A club spokesman told the Guardian: “This is a fantastic result for a club in its infancy and our riders are now looking forward to the challenge on 11th February.”

The Wheelers will be taking on winners from this week’s semi-final contest between ‘Out Of The Saddle’, Stocksbridge and Sharrow Cycling Club.

Worksop Wheelers Cycling Club was formed in October 2013, when a group of local riders felt there was enough interest in road cycling to sustain a club.

The seeds were sown to base a cycling club in the town, with the aim of encouraging locals to come out and ride for fun and fitness.

From an initial 15 members the Wheelers have gone from strength to strength and now boast 80 riders of differing ages and abilities.