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The next generation of Hong Kong Bikers hit the dirt

One hundred riders aged from four to forty took part in Le Tour de Hong Lok Yuen to raise ALMOST HK$50,000 for the LIVESTRONG Cancer charity.

As the sun started to warm away the morning chill and the band began to beat out classic rock, the smallest riders, some as young as four set off riding. This was the start of the Hong Lok Yuen charity ride, brainchild of Steve Potts, the aim to ride non stop around the playing field for thirty minutes, no small task for some of the younger participants.

Shocked by the standard of riding skills of his students Potts has been running extra curriculum bike-ability courses. " These kids never get the chance to ride, a lot of the younger ones had never even been on a bike before." Says Potts.

"The whole idea of the event came from the need to encourage the kids to get out more and to improve their riding skills and confidence. And to raise money for LIVESTRONG a charity close to my heart" He continued. Potts is a cancer survivor and on learning that one of his students had the disease knew he had to do something to raise awareness.

"The whole idea of the event came from the need to encourage the kids to get out more and to improve their riding skills and confidence. And to raise money for LIVESTRONG a charity close to my heart"

As the youngest riders wobbled and careened around the field the HKMBA volunteers were kept busy with bike checks, slow races, bike battleships, with prizes of helmets for the winners, also thier where displays from Hong Kong's leading trials rider, Sirus and Sai Kung's BMXer Ed.

The day was a resounding success. "I've had lots of positive comments and feedback." Says Potts. Money wise the event is looking to have raised around HK$50,000 for the LIVESTRONG charity, with one guy bidding HK$17,600 for two signed jerseys.

The organizers would like to thank all the people who gave their time to help out on the day. HKMBA would also like to thank all those who volunteered to make this day possible, especially Steve from Crosscountry HK and the Flying Ball bicycle shop for donating the prizes.