The inaugural Southampton Sporterium event on the 20th of June 2020 has its first major partner My Journey, Southampton City Council’s Sustainable Travel Brand who will be the ‘Official Event Partner’.
The news comes as Southampton City Council continues to make progress across its Southampton Cycle Network – the cornerstone of a ten year strategy to transform cycling in the city. Since announcing the strategy in 2017, the council has already delivered significant improvements across the network including the recent launch of the SCN1 western cycle freeway from Totton to Southampton city centre and the introduction of new, ‘Copenhagen style’ cycle lanes on the Inner Avenue.
The event will be the first of its kind in the city and is being delivered by ReesLeisure, the team behind the popular ABP Southampton Marathon, Winchester Half Marathon, Southampton Sailing Week, TryTri Events and Wessex Swim School. The Sporterium will include a long-distance ride – or sportive – starting from the city centre and taking riders on a loop (of either 100km or 60km) of the surrounding Hampshire countryside. Cyclists will also be invited to take part in a timed race – or criterium – which will challenge participants to complete as many laps as possible on a fast-paced 1 mile circuit around Southampton’s parks. The criterium will commence with non-competitive racing in the morning, followed by corporate and unrated cyclists and finally culminating in British Cycling Championship cycling in the evening. The event will also provide a range of fun cycling activities for families to enjoy throughout the day.
Councillor Jacqui Rayment, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Place and Transport, says:
“Promoting cycling is a key part of our vision for a cleaner, greener city. We are therefore committed to growing the cycling culture in Southampton and already provide a varied and well-established programme of activities and events to support this. The Sporterium will be an exciting addition to this, engaging people in cycling and – unlike anything we have done before – showcasing cycling on a professional level as part of a competitive sporting event. This will prove a huge attraction for thousands of spectators, who will be able to enjoy an exciting display of high-level cycling alongside a range of family friendly activities. We look forward to the Sporterium becoming a popular fixture in our growing calendar of events, further boosting the local economy whilst encouraging more people to cycle – whether for utility, leisure or sport.”
This fantastic event is being put on by ReesLeisure, the organisers of the ABP Southampton Marathon, Winchester Half Marathon, and Southampton Sailing Week. Rees Leisure Managing Director Nikki Rees said at the announcement of the new event “We are really excited for the Cycle Southampton Sporterium on June 20th 2020! There has been so much great work done in the last few years by the My Journey team at Southampton City Council in making the city cycle friendly and we cannot wait to celebrate that with the first Southampton Sporterium event next year. The day is going to be a fantastic spectacle to get lots of people out on their bikes and taking part in activities for all the family in the ‘Spin City’! We want to say a huge thank you to My Journey for their support in making the Southampton Southampton happen in 2020!”
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