Eight young Swansea cyclists enjoyed a very special day as they took part in the homecoming celebration for Tour de France winner, Geraint Thomas in Cardiff.
The event saw members of the Gower Riders cycling club join Thomas and a peloton of other young riders from Welsh Cycling Go Ride clubs to ride through the streets of Cardiff in front of thousands of fans.
Two members were nominated by the club with the others taking part as members of Welsh Cycling’s Youth Ambassadors programme. This meant that Imogen Morris, Rhys Thomas, Noah Rees, Ben Fox, Kieron Heuberger, Aled Davies and Elen Govier all got the chance to experience this one in a life time opportunity. Reserve cyclist Lucy Rees was also invited to join the ride.
The ride, which started on St Mary’s Street and ended outside Cardiff Castle saw the Tour de France winner take to the stage to thank fans for their support.
Rider, Aled Davies who took part said:
“It was a real thrill to be part of Geraint Thomas’ homecoming event and to be included in the peloton. The crowds were amazing and there was a fantastic atmosphere. Geraint is our hero, and to ride with the yellow jersey winner was a dream come true for us all”
Gareth Govier, Gower Riders’ Head Coach, was watching the event. He said:
“Everyone at Gower Riders is absolutely thrilled that some of our young riders had the opportunity to take part in the ride with Geraint. We were delighted when two of our youth riders were invited, but to see our Youth Ambassadors also being asked to join in is very special indeed. The day will no doubt live long in their memories as they embark on their own cycling journeys.
At Gower Riders, we take great pride in providing a range of high quality cycling opportunities for the young people of Swansea, whether they want to be the next Geraint Thomas or they just want to enjoy riding their bikes with friends.”