Belfast Telegraph

Olympic Games boost cycling’s popularity in Northern Ireland

By Lesley-Anne McKeown

Cycling fever is sweeping the country.

The success of racers such as Tour de France winner and Olympic gold medalist Bradley Wiggins, his Team Sky competitor Mark Cavendish and Olympic champion Victoria Pendleton has inspired thousands of people to get on their bikes.

As a result specialist cycle shops across Northern Ireland are reporting a huge surge in trade.

“We have seen a massive increase in sales across the board,” said Eamon McConvey from McConvey Cycles on Belfast’s Ormeau Road. “ “When you have people winning things it really spurs others on to take part.

“There is a feel-good factor at the minute — people are wanting to keep fit and there are also the cycle to work schemes. There is an increase in the number of people joining cycling clubs. For example Phoenix in Belfast now has more than 250 members compared with a couple of years ago when they had about 50.”

Simon Cordner, from Chain Reaction Cycles, said: “Cycling has been on the up for the last few years but Bradley’s performance in the tour and Olympic success can only be a good thing for cycling and will have a very positive impact for us.”

Meanwhile, Barbara Armstrong from Bike Dock in Belfast also agreed there had been big jump in interest from members of the public in recent weeks.

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