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Mulholland tables Parliamentary Motion in recognition of Otley as nationally recognised centre for cycling

September 25, 2012 2:16 PM

Member of Parliament for Leeds North West, Greg Mulholland, has today tabled a Parliamentary Motion welcoming Otley becoming a nationally recognised centre for cycling, with its annual cycling events such as the Town Centre Races and the Otley Cycling Festival, along with other cycling initiatives such as Otley Sportive. The town has also received significant recognition from the success of Otley's Lizzie Armitstead who brought home the town's first Olympic medal with silver in the woman's road race at the fantastic London 2012 Games.

Cycling has been promoted in the town for years now with the annual Otley Town Centre Races, which have been running since 1985 as well as the example of Otley's Lizzie Armistead whose outstanding achievement has further stimulated enthusiasm for cycling in the region while continuing to promote Otley as a famous cycling town.

There are also now a number of events aimed at getting locals involved in cycling with the 'Otley Sportive' cycling event in which community members of all cycling abilities are able to take part in rides around Otley, whilst raising money for local charities, as well as the Otley Cycling Festival, which was held for the first time this year. Mulholland has highlighted that these types of event are exceptionally important at this time when communities must grasp such opportunities to deliver the legacy of the Olympic Games in which the region has had such success.

Greg Mulholland MP commented:

"I am delighted that Otley has demonstrated such interest, talent and enthusiasm in cycling such that it has established itself as a national centre for cycling

"Annual events in the town, such as the Town Centre Races and the Otley Cycling festival have further boosted Otley's profile as a centre for cycling, as have the exploits of Otley's Lizzie Armitstead at the amazing London 2012 Olympics. Other events like Otley Sportive offer an excellent opportunity for riders of all levels to get on their bikes and test themselves, or simply try cycling for the first time.

"The many cycling events taking place in Otley are a fantastic way in which the community is enriched while also offering a platform for which those inspired by the London 2012 Olympic Games can get involved with sports at a local level. This is of vital importance at this time to ensure the legacy of the Olympics is delivered."

Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Cycling Group, Julian Huppert MP commented:

"I am delighted that Otley has become a nationally recognised cycling town. Across the country, thousands are adopting cycling as a healthy, cheap and efficient form of transport, and an excellent pastime. I am delighted to see Otley leading the way through events like the Otley Town Centre Races and the Otley Cycling Festival."

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The EDM:

This House notes that Otley has become a nationally recognised centre for cycling; welcomes and supports the towns local cycling events the annual Otley Town Centre Races which since the first elite race in 1985 continues to grow year on year, the Otley Cycling Festival, organised for the first time this year by Otley Cycling Club, and the 'Otley Sportive' cycling event, which promotes the continued interest and enthusiasm in cycling in Otley as well as raising money for excellent local charities; notes the outstanding achievement of Otley's Lizzie Armitstead in achieving Otley's first ever Olympid medal with a silver in the women's road race at the London 2012 Olympic Games which has encouraged wide spread local interest in the sport and established it as significant to the local community; notes the importance of ensuring that the legacy of the London Olympics is delivered by providing a platform for which those inspired by the games may get involved in sports at a local level and continue to promote the town of Otley as a famous cycling town.