Club and Board mark six months before Games

Halesowen Cycling Club‘s Mukund Vohra and David Viner mark the six-month countdown to the start of the Commonwealth Games with adviser Simon Phipps

Halesowen Cycling Club has joined senior leaders Dudley Council to begin the six-month countdown to the summer games, an event that will showcase the region as the cycling time trial passes through it in August .

Dudley will host much of the cycling time trial on August 4.

The race starts and ends in Wolverhampton, but much of the route will be through the streets of Dudley, passing key sites such as Himley Hall and Coronation Gardens.

The route runs through Dudley town center from Birmingham New Road and passes Coronation Gardens and Stone Street Square, passing through Sedgley and Gornal before passing Himley Hall.

Councilor Simon Phipps, Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Enterprise, said: “This is an important event in the heart of Dudley and gives us the opportunity to showcase what we have in the borough on the international scene.

“This is our opportunity to be part of a global event and I am delighted that we have been chosen to do so.

“This will of course naturally disrupt the roads while it is in operation, so I would urge people to check out the Games’ new Get Set page and plan their trips accordingly.”

Work to ensure the streets are prepared for cycling time trials has seen the installation of new pedestrian crossings and cycle and pedestrian zones installed by Dudley Council.

Halesowen Cycling Club, in existence since 1937, is one of the leading cycling clubs in the West Midlands and has a proven track record of developing world-class cyclists such as Olympians Jess Varnish and Helen Scott.

David Viner, Chairman of the Halesowen Cycling Club, said: “Cycling is one of the traditional events of the Games and it is a wonderful opportunity to inspire not only the next generation of cyclists, but also the stars of the sport of tomorrow. .

“We already have some amazing riders at the club who are already making noise on the national stage.

“It means cycling in the borough is very well placed, so it’s only fitting that the organizers have chosen to bring some of the biggest names in the sport here.

“For example, just after turning 16, Tomos Pattinson of Brierley Hill won the 2021 National Hill Climb Championship in Derbyshire.

“We have some very talented boys and girls. Tracey Hipkiss, our club secretary and coach, is starting a Freewheeler Cubs course starting April 29 for kids ages 4-8. Everyone is welcome.”

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