The curtain comes down on 30 years of racing at Eastway Cycle Circuit this Saturday (October 21) with a full programme of events.
The circuit in the Lea Valley is to be bulldozed to make way for the 2012 Olympic site, and, despite the guarantee of a new circuit, post Olympics, British cycling will this weekend lose one of its best used facilities.
Over the years the circuit has hosted road, mountain bike and cyclo-cross races, and has been instrumental in getting kids on bikes.
Arguments have been raging for the past year concerning the venue's relocation, with the Hog Hill site eventually being chosen after constant lobbying from the Eastway User group. In the interim a course at London Docklands will be used.
Racing starts at 10am this Saturday with the Elite men?s race at 1pm. The mountain bike races follow this hour-long race with the final ever event, an adult's cross country race.
More details at www.eastway7506.btinternet.co.uk.
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Editor of Cycling Weekly magazine, Simon has been working at the title since 2001. He fell in love with cycling when channel surfing in 1989 and happening across the greatest ever edition of the Tour de France. He's been a Greg LeMond fan ever since. He started racing in 1995 when moving to university in North Wales gave him more time to train and some amazing roads to train on. He raced domestically for several years, riding everything from Surrey leagues to time trials, track and even a few Premier Calendars. In 2000 he spent one season racing in Belgium with the Kingsnorth International Wheelers.
Since working for Cycling Weekly he has written product reviews, fitness features, pro interviews, race coverage and news. He has covered the Tour de France more times than he can remember along with two Olympic Games and many other international and UK domestic races. He can still be seen at his club's evening races through the summer but he still hasn't completed the CW5000 challenge!
SIMON IS CURRENTLY RIDING
Road bike: Pinarello K8S with Shimano Dura Ace
TT bike: Specialized Venge road bike with FFWD wheels and Easton Attack TT bars
Gravel bike: N/A
Training bike: Rourke custom hand made with Reynolds 853 steel
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