Four-time British Superbike champion Shane ‘Shakey’ Byrne will take to his road bicycle this Sunday (September 4) for the Tour of the Potteries sportive, and has revealed that he rides up to 200 miles at a time on his bike.
When not on his motorbike, Byrne uses cycling to keep in shape for the rigours of the British Superbike circuit. He’s putting his cycling prowess to good use in Sunday’s sportive, to raise money for the Donna Louise Trust charity.
“Cycling is my main form of exercise and I love it” says Byrne. “I ride nearly every day and always take the bike with me to races so I can get some exercise and to switch off from the pressures of racing.
“I’ll do short rides on race weekends but when free I’ve done 200+ mile rides in a day. It’s great having an event to focus on and I’m looking forward to the Tour of the Potteries as there’s some tough climbs on good routes and also helps out the local Donna Louise Trust charity as all proceeds go directly to it.”
International motorbike/cycle lubricant manufacturer FUCHS Silkolene will host the start and finish of the sportive at its headquarters in Hanley.
Three route are offered: 50, 100 and 150km, all of which travel into the Peak District. The climbs of Mow Cop, Thorncliffe and Gun Hill are included.
More details on the event and online entry can be found at the Tour of the Potteries website.
Byrne will be joined by other stars of the motorsport scene in Hanley, with team trucks on display to the public. Some will join in the free family ride on local roads, and there will also be a stunt display.