Pedal power takes over town centre

Focused, some of the frontriders
Focused, some of the frontriders

THOUSANDS of people from around Fife and far beyond flocked to Kirkcaldy town centre to watch dozens of top class cyclists in action.

They were in town for the second Tour Series cycling event to be held in the Lang Toun, when it returned after a hugely successful event last year.

Families took part in the Community Parade

Families took part in the Community Parade

Kirkcaldy was again the only town in Scotland to be chosen to host the event, and it was welcomed with open arms by Kirkcaldy4All, Fife Council, the townsfolk, schools and traders who all played their part to make it even bigger than last year.

The Pearl Izumi Tour Series sees ten of Britain’s top British cycling teams compete over five weeks on a series of courses in town centres around the UK, with the heats 
being televised.

Kirkcaldy hosted the opening round on a bright but chilly Tuesday night which saw a real party atmosphere as cheering crowds from around the country lined the route- from the Esplanade to High Street, Kirk Wynd, 
Hill Street, Whytescauseway back onto the High Street, down Tolbooth Street and back onto the Esplanade.

Music blasted from speakers and the commentary got the crowd fired up as they clapped, banged and cheered the competitors on every circuit.

Riders make their way up Kirk Wynd on the first lap

Riders make their way up Kirk Wynd on the first lap

At the end of the race Team Raleigh took the team honours while Janko Barker of Team UK Youth took the individual honour as well as the fastest lap.

But the results didn’t really matter to the majority of the spectators who had just come along to see the colourful and exciting spectacle and enjoy a good family night out.

The main event was preceded by a day of cycle-themed activities which saw local schoolchildren having the opportunity to try out the course for themselves, stunt bike displays courtesy of 7 Stanes.

There were information and activity stalls along the High Street, with the chance to make fruit smoothies using cycle power, and a big community procession with bikes, scooters, prams and roller skates all taking part.

Winner Yanto Barker of Team UK Youth

Winner Yanto Barker of Team UK Youth

There was also a youth cycle race with teams taking part in their own competition around the same course.

David Torrance, Kirkcaldy MSP, said: “Itwas an excellent and well-organised event which will once again help to raise the profile of 
the town.

‘‘I went for a walk around the course and the crowds were much bigger than last year.

‘’I would like to congratulate everyone involved and I really hope it can become an annual event in the town.”