Local media organisations will be on the look-out for positive stories to write on the FMD crisis. Here's one. Get involved with the BCF's Challenge series for the under 13s. This is now sponsored by Raleigh and is a chance to activate a new generation of kids on bikes

IBDs: get more kids on bikes

The BCF are now starting to actively promote the Raleigh Challenge 2001.

This could be the first taste of competitive cycling for many riders under the age of 13, and bike shops could do their bit by advertising the events, helping their local development officers and generating some positive PR for themselves and cycling.

Throughout April and May there will be Raleigh Challenge Heats all over the UK. The events consist of a skills test (slalom round cones and so on) and a short time trial. For the

heat winners, there will be a final in each region. Final winners will each be presented with a Raleigh bike. There are also prizes for runners up and certificates for all who take part.

There are three age categories:

school year 2 and under; years 3,4,5; years 6,7,8

Kids dont have to be a member of a cycling club.

Here are details of the local cycling development officers who will be in charge of the Ralegh Challenge events closest to you:

East Midlands

Matlock (Derbys), Yarburgh (Lincs), Lincoln, Blaby (Leics), Birstall

(Leics), Sutton in Ashfield (Notts), Mansfield Woodhouse (Notts).

Call Roger Whitfield (0116) 2657348

West Midlands

Wolverhampton, Halesowen, Redditch, Bromsgrove, Shrewsbury, Hereford

Call Sophie Tobin(0121) 452 2913


Yeadon (Leeds), Sheffield, Otley, Holmfirth (Huddersfield), Bradford,


Call Bill Catterick (01724) 845518


Royston (Herts), Welwyn (Herts), Southend, Cambridge, Lowestoft, Bury St

Edmonds, Braintree (Essex), Colchester

Call Michael Cowland(01284) 757098


Lee Valley Cycle Circuit, Sutton, Herne Hill, Roundshaw, Hillingdon,


Call Neil Simpson (020) 85031227

North West

Stockport, Carlisle, Whitehaven (Cumbria), Whalley (Lancs), Preston,

Warrington, Congleton, Manchester.

Call Ebrahim Khan B – (01772) 761000


Ashington (Nberland), Newcastle, Hartlepool, Barnard Castle, Redcar,


Call Peter Root(0191) 374 7437

South East

Rainham, Bexley, Sutton (Surrey), Guildford, Brighton, Hythe (Kent), Deal


Call Mark Wyer (01622) 605056

South West

Radstock, Bath, Weston Super Mare, Bournemouth, Cirencester, Bristol,

Yeovil, Trowbridge

Call Chris Revill (01225) 396467

For details of Raleigh Challenge in Scotland call 0131 652 0187 and in

Wales, call 01222 577 052

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