24 Oct 2007
Track Attack is a development of the Community Cycling Development Programme which was created to give local community children aged between 7 and 15 the opportunity to experience track cycling at three key facilities across South Wales. With support from Welsh cycling star Geraint Thomas - who returned to the Newport Velodrome to lend his voice to this great initiative - Track Attack Cymru look set to be a huge success for young up and coming cyclists.
The project has been given a huge boost this year with Iceland coming on board as the title sponsor. With the support of Iceland Track Attack can now realise its full potential by providing more equipment, facilities and coaches to reach more youngsters from local communities in Wales.
The Iceland sponsorship follows in the footsteps of DHL who, earlier this year made a significant investment in cycling youth development with the creation of the DHL Sprint School. The DHL Sprint School has been based at the Newport Velodrome since February and has proved a huge success providing track sprint training to young cyclists from across the country. Impressed by the success of the Sprint School Andy Pritchard, Managing Director of Iceland said of the sponsorship:
"Here at Iceland we have had a long relationship with DHL and when we saw the great work being achieved by Guy Elliott and DHL’s sponsorship of Sprint School in Newport we felt we could really help grow the youth development work DHL have pioneered. Our commitment to this project is for three years and we hope in that time to help as many young people to experience the thrill of track cycling as well as learn about living a healthier, fitter life."
With the backing of Iceland Welsh Cycling will be able to make huge steps forward and build on their recent success. Geraint Thomas is the perfect example of this success and emphasized the importance of projects like Track Attack in nurturing future talent and also increasing participation the sport,
"I started cycling at Maindy Flyers in Cardiff after seeing an advert for the club. I did really well and was instantly hooked and now I’m riding in races like the Tour de France."
"The Track Attack Project will help make cycling more accessible for kids in Wales which is fantastic. It’s great that the project has received the backing of Iceland and with this support Welsh Cycling will be able to help riders develop at various levels."