Disabled charity wins Decathlon’s Cycling Club of the Year contest

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Surrey Wheels For All voted UK Cycling Club of the Year and scoops £500 Decathlon prize

Surrey Wheels For All has today been announced as the winner of Decathlon's UK Cycling Club of the Year competition, following a month of rigorous public voting and local campaigning.

The competition was held over a two month period on the Decathlon website, and called upon the nation’s cycling clubs to nominate themselves for the coveted title and £500 in Decathlon vouchers for new equipment. Public voting was then opened and sparked fierce competition online.

With over 200 competing clubs and 2500 votes from cycling enthusiasts across the nation, Surrey Wheels For All’s victory is a true triumph over adversity, as its ranks largely consist of individuals with disabilities. The group strives to provide support and cycling equipment to ensure all members can enjoy the hobby – regardless of situation.

The team ended up with 21 per cent of the overall vote, and its online campaign received support from Olympic Gold medallist and Paralympic Cyclist, Joanna Rowsell MBE, the English Federation of Disability Sport and their local Surrey MP.

Following the announcement, Surrey Wheels For All Co-ordinator, Matthew Wings, said: “Surrey Wheels for All is a relatively new club set up by the national cycling charity; Cycling Projects. We have gained some great support from parents, carers, volunteers and partners, who just long to see their child enjoy an activity that many people can often take for granted. We are very proud to have been chosen as the Decathlon Cycling Club of the Year & will certainly celebrate in style!"

Peter Lazarus, Cycles Market Manager at Decathlon, said: “We are delighted to announce Surrey Wheels For All as the winners of the 2015 Cycling Club of the Year. They go to great lengths to ensure that people with disabilities have the opportunity to experience the joys of cycling. This competition has also highlighted the number of amazing cycling clubs that operate across the country, all of which provide a platform for more people to enjoy the benefits of cycling."

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Notes to Editors:

Decathlon is the world’s largest sports retailer with stores spanning 23 different countries, including 16 in the UK.

Decathlon stocks an extensive range of cycling products, including bicycles, clothing, protective wear and accessories at low prices, which adheres to the company promise: “To encourage participation in sport and make the pleasure and benefits of sport available to the many.”

Both Matthew Wings and Decathlon are available for comment or interview to assist with all coverage. Accompanying photography can be made available upon request.

For more details on the competition visit: http://www.decathlon.co.uk/blog/cycling/winner-decathlons-cycling-club-year/

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