Paralympic champion to be part of HSBC city bike ride in Liverpool
Liverpool-born Paralympic champion, Lora Fachie, along with double Olympic champion Steven Burke and Paralympic gold medallist Neil Fachie, will be in attendance at this Sunday’s HSBC UK City Ride event.
Lora won the B individual pursuit in Rio last summer, while her husband Neil claimed a silver medal in the tandem B kilo to add to the gold he won at London 2012. Steven, meanwhile, was part of Great Britain’s victorious men’s team pursuit squad for the second consecutive Olympic Games.
The riders will start the event before taking part in a variety of activities on the day alongside the thousands of riders expected to descend on the streets of Liverpool.
The HSBC UK City Ride programme, which got underway in June, will visit 14 cities across the country in 2017 and is the first major step in British Cycling and HSBC UK’s ambition to get two million people cycling by 2020.
Speaking ahead of the weekend’s event, Lora said: “I’m thrilled that Neil and I are able to attend my home HSBC UK City Ride on Sunday. Liverpool is a wonderful sporting city, and hopefully this event will inspire thousands more people to make cycling and physical activity part of their everyday lives.
“Getting people on bikes is what the partnership between HSBC UK and British Cycling is all about, and would create healthier, happier, greener cities – exactly what I’d like to see for Liverpool.”
Giles Morgan, HSBC’s global head of sponsorship, added: “Our hugely successful Olympians and Paralympians have done an incredible job in inspiring people to get on their bikes, and this is what our partnership with British Cycling is all about. It’s fantastic that Lora, Neil and Steven will be attending this year’s final HSBC UK City Ride to encourage even more people to get into cycling.
“The event will be a great way to enjoy cycling around Liverpool without traffic, which means it could be a great day out for families, those who want to get back on their bike after allowing it to collect dust at home, or for the more experienced cyclists who want to try something a bit more relaxed.”
Starting at The Strand, the route will take in some of the Albert Dock’s most iconic sights, before heading down Great Howard Street towards the Stanley Dock and looping back.
The 5.5km route will also feature an accessible loop, suitable for all adapted bikes, giving entrants with reduced mobility, families with young children or those building their confidence on a bike the chance to complete a shorter route.
Mayoral lead for wellbeing and the city’s cycling champion, Councillor Tim Beaumont, said: “We’re delighted to be hosting the HSBC UK City Ride and looking forward to seeing thousands of cyclists riding through Liverpool, helping build on the 60 percent increase we have seen in cycling over the last decade.
“Cycling is a great way to get fit and stay fit and that is why we’re committed to a range of measures to encourage people on to bikes. This includes improving the condition of our roads, introducing priority lanes for cyclists, bike safety training in schools and investing in our popular Citybike hire scheme.”
“Over the last 10 years we’ve seen an increase of more than 60 percent in the number of cycle rides.”
As well as exploring the route, the event will give young riders the opportunity to test their bike handling and pick up new skills on the HSBC UK Go-Ride course. Run by British Cycling coaches, the area will feature obstacles and challenges for all levels of rider to tackle. There will be bikes and helmets available to borrow and you will be able to find out about all of the local cycling clubs and activities for children in the area. Younger participants will also be able to dress their bikes in the Kids’ Zone, which will house face-painting, a bib personalisation station and a caricature artist.
Entrants will be able to benefit from the presence of fully-qualified technicians who will be able to advise on any mechanical issues, while other activities such as a virtual reality cycling experience, street velodrome and the Sir Chris Hoy Speed challenge – where participants can challenge Sir Chris’ Olympic gold-medal winning sprint time – will ensure a fantastic day for entrants of all ages.
The events are completely free and participants can either register their participation at www.letsride.co.uk or enter on the day.
To ensure the safety of the cyclists there will be road closures in and around the Albert Dock and Pier Head with the northbound carriageway of the Strand and Great Howard Street forming the majority of the route, with roads closed from breakfast time. The southbound carriageway will remain open all day.
Route: Gower Street, Salthouse Quay, Strand Street, Mann Island, Canada Boulevard, Water Street, Georges Dock Gates, New Quay, King Edward Street, Great Howard Street as far as Blackstone Street/Boundary Street and return via Goree and Wapping. Pedestrian access will be maintained to all parts of the docks. Stewarded crossings will be in operation. Pier Head residents and businesses can access via Princes Parade, Waterloo Road, Regent Road and Blackstone Street. Access to the Echo Arena and Albert Dock is from Queens Wharf, Half Tide Wharf and Kings Parade.