Winter Wobble riders start 2012 in top gear

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PEDAL power got 2012 off to a flying start when dozens of cyclists took part in a Winter Wobble at Wicksteed Park in Kettering.

Yesterday’s event took place at the park’s former velodrome, and cycling enthusiasts had fun whizzing round the circuit, which is now normally used by racing cars.

Steve Baldock, of Balmoral Avenue, Rushden, a member of the Imperial Vintage and Classic Cycling Club, caused a stir on his replica of an 1880s penny farthing.

Mr Baldock, a professional pianist, has been collecting vintage cycles for 10 years and is the only private owner of a 1865 wooden-wheeled bone shaker. He said: “I love vintage transport, and when my doctor told me I had to lose weight several years ago, cycling seemed the ideal way.

“In the past week I’ve done about 18 miles on the penny farthing, along country lanes around Rushden.”

Jo Turney, of Kingsley Avenue, Kettering, was at the Winter Wobble with her family. She said: “I enjoy cycling in the summer. We thought we would go along to Wicksteed Park and try out the velodrome and it was great fun.”

The event was organised by Reg Baxter and Steve Marriott, Wicksteed Park’s arena manager.

Mr Marriott said: “We’ve put on a couple of summer events and they were really popular. We were delighted with the turnout yesterday and it was good to see so many families.”