Cyclist of the Year winner

Published Tuesday, 23 June 2015

A St Olaves pupil has beaten more than 65 other elite cyclists to win the prestigious Cyclist of the Year competition.

Noah Cassidy, aged 12, was awarded the top prize of £250 in vouchers in the competition co-sponsored by The Co-op and presented with the winning trophy by the Mayor of Bromley, Councillor Kim Botting. The Year 6 and 7 competitors were tested on their skills, knowledge, confidence and control in several challenging trials. All participants had completed Bikeability Levels 1 and 2 with Bromley Cycle Officers, who have trained over 1,400 children in more than 80 primary schools this academic year alone. 

“In these days when we’re all being encouraged to get about by cycling, training for children is crucial. This is training for now and for life, as it broadens young people’s travel choices, eventually enabling them to get about independently. Learning to share the road in this way makes the experience of traveling safer for cyclists and motorists alike,” said Elaine Beadle, Road Safety manager. 

Biking Buzz followed the competition, offering a range of free activities and information. The Road Safety Unit joined forces with a number of partners including local bike clubs Bromley Cyclists and Bigfoot Bikes to offer crowd-pleasers such as:

  • The chance to experience what a lorry driver sees and his blind spots by sitting in the driver’s seat, as well as free bike security marking, from the Met Police
  • The opportunity to try out some of Bromley Healthcare Physio Team’s modified bikes for the disabled
  • Free bike MOTs from Dr Bike
  • Bling Your Bike and Road Safety information stalls
  • Under-5s Cycling Challenge for the little ones.

Cyclist of the Year has been running for over 30 years and is organised by the Bromley Road Safety Unit. Further information on free adult, family and child cycle training can be at  www.bromley.gov.uk/cycling.

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Editor’s notes 

  • The Cyclist of the Year competition and Biking Buzz event were held at Norman Park on Saturday, 20 June 2015.
  • For media enquiries, please contact Andrew Rogers, Communications Advisor, on 020 8461 7670 or email andrew.rogers@bromley.gov.uk