Essex law firm gives sponsorship boost to cycling club

Lee Valley Cycling Club junior team

Lee Valley Cycling Club junior team

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Cycling stars of the future have received a helping hand on the road to success from an Essex-based law firm.

Birkett Long, which has offices in Colchester, Chelmsford and Basildon, has sponsored Lee Valley Youth Cycling Club’s junior team.

The junior team, which caters for under 18s, has members from across the county, including Saffron Walden and Cambridge, and is already enjoying success in its second season in events around the UK and Europe.

Peter Allen, Birkett Long partner, said: “All the team members are very committed, training or racing six or seven times a week and covering hundreds of miles. They have to fit it around their sixth form work.

“Their aim is to be selected for the National Series road races, which involve travelling across the country and to events in Scotland and Wales. Our sponsorship helps the team to pay for race entry fees, overnight accommodation and travel costs.”

Club Secretary Bob Griffiths said: “The junior team has grown from three to seven riders this year. We’re grateful for Birkett Long’s sponsorship which has allowed us to expand the team and compete in more top class events.

“Last month we took the team to our first European race in Vlamertinge, Belgium, where our riders took fourth and fifth place out of a field of around 70.”

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