The cycle show is held at the NEC in Birmingham every September, it is the show for all bike enthusiasts to attend.
After a great day at the Hever Castle Triathlon we drove Straight up to Coventry. We stayed in a hotel overnight ready for the Cycle Show at the NEC the next day.
We arrived at the entrance to the show at 9:15am ready for it to open at 9:30am. Security told us we had to wait until 9:30 as they had a VIP opening the cycle show that morning. We looked through the gap in the curtain, Dad could see it was Callum Skinner. He had won Gold in the team pursuit and silver in the individual pursuit at the Rio Olympics.
Having watched the Olympic cycling so I knew who he was. The security man said that once Callum had opened the show he would arrange for me to get my photo with him. Ned Boulting (commentator for Tour De France coverage) had a little chat with Callum before he opened the cycle show. The security man opened the barrier for me and asked Callum if I could get a picture with him and his medals. Callum let me hold both the gold and silver medals and Dad got a couple of photo’s.
We went straight to sign up for the “Dry Triathlon” on the British Triathlon Stand. Unfortunately not all the staff had arrived so we would have to come back in an hour.
When we returned to the British Triathlon stand they had just started letting people on. I was the second person that morning to take part.
The challenge was to row 300 meters on a rowing machine, bike 600 meters using a road bike on a turbo trainer, then do 10 side to side jumps over a soft block. The man told me that getting under 3 minutes 30 seconds would be a good time so I was determined to beat that.
The row was pretty hard but once I got on to the bike and did 600 meters in 58 seconds. I knew my time was good, I quickly did the 10 jumps giving me a time of 2 minutes 40. I was then given a certificate and a medal for my effort which was pretty good.
We had a look round the trade stands at the cycle show, Dad was paying special attention to the manufacturer cycle stands. He was especially interested in Boardman Bikes and Pinarello, I think he is eyeing up a new one if he can get approval from Mum. Then we came across the stand selling Chia Charge bars which are a big favourite of Dad’s. He really likes these on his long rides as the are Gluten free, taste good and packed with energy. They had a show special of 20 bars for £20 so Dad had to buy a box of these.
Over the weekend they have lots of different sports people from cycling on the stage for interviews. We watched Ned Boulting interview Callum Skinner about the Olympics and his training.
Overall there was plenty to look round at the cycle show. With demonstrations to watch and things to try that would keep any child with an interest in bikes amused. We were at the show for a good 6 hours and we all left feeling pretty tired as we hadn’t really sat down all day.