Cyclists in Winchester seek a touch of Frost
It has been over a century since Winchester's famous cycling champion, Dickie Frost, claimed every major amateur cycling trophy in Britain.
Starting from 14 June, Winchester Bike Week will provide residents with a chance to get on their bikes and emulate their local hero.
One person who will be rising to the challenge is cycling enthusiast, Simon Eden, Chief Executive of Winchester City Council.
In recent years, Simon has cycled the 275 miles to Laon, Winchester's twin city in Northern France three times; raising thousands of pounds for charity in the process. This year he's also getting involved with a much shorter ride; the Cavalcade around Winchester city centre which will mark the opening of Winchester Bike Week.
Simon Eden said: "Bike Week is very popular in Winchester, so I'm pleased and honoured to have been asked to start it this year. I look forward to sending off the Cavalcade. Everybody's welcome to come along and take part, and we hope lots of people will come for the ride. Bring a fancy bike or fancy clothes and let's make a real picture of it!"
The Cavalcade will take place on Saturday 14 June at 11am - starting from The Broadway. Winchester Bike Week will offer a wide variety of events geared towards all levels of cyclists.
For those who are looking for that extra inspiration to get on their bikes, why not take a look at the famous Carwardine Challenge Cup, on display at the Winchester Guildhall. The trophy, at an impressive 1.1m tall, was presented to Winchester born sportsman Frederick David Frost in July 1900. It is the Carwardine Challenge Cup, the prize for a gruelling 100 mile endurance race which he had won for the 3rd time. The trophy is surmounted by a model of a silver cyclist who looks not unlike Dickie Frost himself, judging from photos of the period. The Cup will be on display until 30 September 2008.
What with the onset of Summer and the promise of the 2012 Olympics just around the corner, Winchester Bike week offers a great chance for Winchester residents to embrace sport and discover the thrills of cycling. Who knows? We may discover a new cycling hero for Winchester!
For more information about Winchester Bike Week, visit their website at www.winchesterbikeweek.org.uk