Lawrence Dallaglio launches Track Fest cycling event at Britain’s iconic motor circuit

Published on Tuesday 9th April 2019

Cyclists will have the chance to ride one of the country’s most iconic racing circuits in a brand new cycling event for all the family backed by former England rugby captain, Lawrence Dallaglio OBE.

UK Cycling Events has joined forces with Dallaglio RugbyWorks, the charity founded by Lawrence in 2009, to gain exclusive use of Chichester’s Goodwood Motor Circuit, for a special weekend of activity taking place on Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th June.

Packed with fun for both cycling fans and petrol heads, the weekend features an exclusive supercar track day on Saturday, followed by a day of family fun and cycling for all abilities on Sunday.

The day is being run in partnership with cycling event specialists, UK Cycling Events, who for the first time are partnering with local cycling club, Southdown Velo, to bring together a sportive with competitive racing. Today, they announced details of several new and exciting additions to the event.

Sunday’s highlight includes a cycling sportive offering a choice of three routes all starting with a lap of the iconic circuit, as well as an afternoon of competitive circuit racing for those looking to race.

Families are invited to come and enjoy the fun, starting with a children’s Scootathon for all ages. Those looking for a relaxed family ride can take part in Cycle Goodwood when the track will be opened up for all ages to ride or scoot laps of the famous circuit in a completely traffic-free environment.  

The kids can even boost their rugby drills and skills with the Dallaglio RugbyWorks coaching team for all ages or take part in children’s cycle skills sessions throughout the day.  

Dallaglio Rugbyworks is a charity founded by Lawrence’s vision to offer a long-term skills-development programme for young people, based on the values of rugby. Each year, it helps hundreds of teenagers outside of mainstream education to develop the skills they need to get into sustained employment and training.

Entries to all events include a £5 donation to Dallaglio Rugbyworks and funds raised will enable more young people to build a brighter future.

Lawrence said: “Track Fest is going to be an incredible event and I’m looking forward to being there, taking part and helping to raise money and awareness for Dallaglio RugbyWorks. UK Cycling Events are generously donating a portion of the ticket price to this amazing charity working with some of the UK’s hardest to reach teenagers to ensure that they can achieve stable, secure and happy futures in education, employment or training.

“This is a cause that is extremely close to my heart and I am thankful to everyone who has booked their place. Your donation is already helping to make a difference to the lives of young people all across the UK.”

UK Cycling Events Manager,  Natalie Hicks, said: “We’re thrilled to work with Dallaglio Rugbyworks who share our belief in creating opportunities to be active and engaged in something you love doing, which can have a profound impact on a person’s life. We love helping people to enjoy cycling, and we hope that young ones will be inspired at this event. 

“We’ve worked closely with our partners to create a day not only for the serious rider who wants to clock up some miles, but those looking for family fun.  Riders can still expect to enjoy the same quality of interesting and safe routes that feature across all our sportives, with the added perks of being able to bring the family to ride traffic-free on Goodwood circuit.”    

Here’s what you can expect at the Dallaglio Rugbyworks Track Fest:

Track Fest sportive - Registration from 7.30am
Cycle Goodwood - 11am - 12.45pm. 
Scootathon - starts 12 midday. Registration from 10.30am
Circuit Racing - 2-5pm. Registration from 2.30pm.
Rugby/Cycle Skills sessions - sessions at intervals throughout the day from 10 am - 3 pm.  

 

For more information or to enter any of the events, visit UK Cycling Events website.

 

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For media enquiries please contact Hannah Pole at UK Cycling Events: hannah.pole@ukcyclingevents.co.uk OR for more information on Dallaglio RugbyWorks please contact: paula@dallagliorugbyworks.com

A full breakdown of events and details are below:

SATURDAY 8TH JUNE

Tickets are available for a VIP supercar driving experience on Saturday 8th June, including an opportunity to drive supercars and attempt top speeds with exclusive access to the prestigious Goodwood track. Guests will then be treated to a dinner by top chef Tom Kerridge at The Kennels, and a night’s stay at Goodwood Hotel. For more information, email: trackfest@dallagliorugbyworks.com

SUNDAY 9TH JUNE

Trackfest Sportive

Sunday will focus on two wheels with a cycle sportive offering a choice of three routes; an epic ride of 100 miles/160km and 5508ft of elevation, a standard ride of 57 miles/91km and 3021ft of elevation and a short ride of 28 miles/45km and 1217ft of elevation, suited to beginners.

The sportive will start with a lap of the iconic Goodwood circuit, taking riders through the breathtaking South Downs National Park with a few challenges along the way. The century ride takes in bucket-list climbs like Harvester Lane and Butser Hill and on a clear day, riders will be rewarded with stunning views over the Solent and Isle of White.

Riders can expect fully-signed routes and well-stocked feed stations along the route, with mechanical support for any eventualities out on the road. A finisher medal will also be waiting for every rider at the Goodwood finish.  Entries for the Track Fest sportive are now available and can be booked online at UK Cycling Events.


Mini Scootathon

Little ones can try a taste of the competition in a Scootathon; a mini, fun triathlon for children between the ages of 3 and 10 years old where they scoot, bike and run. Youngsters will compete according to age category, with a shiny finisher medal for taking part and plenty of support and encouragement from an experienced event crew.

Entry starts at £15, with discounts on multiple buys and family tickets. All entries to the Scootathon include a donation to Dallaglio Rugbyworks, and free access to Cycle Goodwood and cycle/rugby skills drop-in sessions. Entry is on the UK Cycling Events website: https://www.ukcyclingevents.co.uk/cycle-goodwood-scootathlon/


Cycle Goodwood

From 11am-12.45pm, the track will be open to all levels of cyclist wishing to experience riding the iconic traffic-free 3.8km Goodwood Circuit. All under-14's must be accompanied by an adult, and you’ll need to wear a helmet. Riders can do as many laps as they wish, however, time allowances may be applied on the day, depending on numbers. All entry fees to Cycle Goodwood will be donated to Dallaglio Rugbyworks. 

Entry starts from £5 per rider with a discount on multiple buys and family tickets, all on the UK Cycling Events website: https://www.ukcyclingevents.co.uk/cycle-goodwood-scootathlon/


Circuit racing at Goodwood

For seniors with a British Cycling-approved racing licence, a full programme of circuit racing will take place on the track from 2-5pm. Competition will cater for all senior racing categories, including a women’s race and a 4th category-only race for beginners new to the sport.

Riders can enter online at British Cycling here: https://www.britishcycling.org.uk/events/details/200316/The-Dallaglio-Rugbyworks-Trackfest-at-Goodwood-circuit-races Entry will also be available on the day.


Skills Sessions

A programme of cycle and rugby skills sessions will run throughout the day.  


About Dallaglio Rugbyworks

  • Dallaglio RugbyWorks was founded in 2009 by England World Cup Winner, Lawrence Dallaglio, OBE. Rugby helped Lawrence transform his attitude, behaviour and aspirations, in life and on retirement, he used this as the inspiration for developing RugbyWorks.
  • RugbyWorks is an intensive, long-term skills development programme based on the values of rugby, through which it aims to get teenagers, 14-17 year old’s, outside of mainstream education into sustained education, employment or training.   
  • Participants largely come from chaotic backgrounds with high levels of social risk factors such as troubled families, criminality and unemployment. These young people are enrolled in Alternative Provision Schools, where Dallaglio RugbyWorks coaches go in and work hand in hand with local teaching staff, using the values of rugby to help develop a wide range of essential skills for these permanently excluded teenagers.
  • Currently, RugbyWorks operates across the UK in just over 70 schools and has over 600 young people working in the programme., that’s close to 20% of all permanently excluded 14-16 year old’s across the country.
  • For more information visit www.dallagliorugbyworks.com. Registered charity number: 1130353 (England and Wales) SC946140 (Scotland)