Riding High - Inspired by Police Bikes

Cycling wasn't high on PC Mike Devlin's hobby list until he was given a police bike - now he is taking on two of the world's most challenging road races.

When Chief Officer Mike Bowron re-introduced the pedal cycles early last year PC Devlin was one of the first officers to be assigned one.

It's fair to say that new role has changed his life.

12 months later - and an amazing three stones lighter - PC Devlin is taking on two mammoth cycling challenges, which he says would have never happened before his new role.

The first “ The Gran Fondo New York “ is a 100 mile road race through New York and taking in Bear Mountain, on May 20th. A field of 6000 cyclists take part from more than 70 different countries.

Then, with only a few weeks to recover, he will compete in the Right to Play Liege to London race, starting on June 30th. The race is 340 miles over three days which incorporates Box Hill (part of the 2012 Olympic Road Race course) and finishing at the Olympic Park in Stratford. The charity ride aims to help disadvantaged young people all over the world.

PC Devlin said: "When I was first given the police bicycle I was pleased with the new challenge as cycling was never something I did too much of. What I did not expect was to catch the cycling bug and be entering these two huge races.

"I am excited about the challenge as the races are something I never thought I would want, or get the chance, to do.

Chief Officer Mike Bowron said: "I brought the bikes in to provide a more visible and accessible presence in the community.

"We know people like to see us out and about and the pedal cycles created the opportunity to do that.

"I am extremely pleased to see what Mike is doing, and I, as well as all the force, wish him the best of luck and we look forward to hearing all about his adventures.



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