***We’ve all heard “rain couldn’t dampen the spirits…” a million times. Journalists have sought far and wide, looking for alternatives to this much overused introduction. In this case, we believe the statement is so true, so worthy- so much sums up the HOYTour so far, that we’re simply going to use it anyway. Here we go…***
RAIN COULDN’T dampen the spirits of cycling fans who donned their waterproofs en masse for the opportunity to meet and greet his royal Hoyness, Sir Chris, in Liverpool.
Day 2 of the 2014 HOYTour saw Sir Chris and the Evans Cycles/HOY Bikes team setting up in Sefton Park, Liverpool for a ride start at 10am, having driven down from London the previous night after a Q+A in our Wimbledon store and rides in London and Brighton.
Sir Chris joined jittery and excited adults and children alike for a loop of the park, riding his very own HOY Shizuoka..
Of course, being a six-time Olympic champion, household name, and all-round National hero, you’ve got to expect Sir Chris to need to take a little time to speak to the ever eager journalists who always flock to see him:
Media appearances complete, it was time to get down to the job in hand – and the ride began. It wasn’t a race, and everyone was welcome to come along and enjoy a morning in the park with one of the world’s most decorated Olympians:
There were plenty of opportunities for photographs along the way, and though the weather didn’t exactly shine for the riders, their smiles made up for the lack of sunbeams:
The guys from Liverpool’s council helped out a lot with the organisation, making the ride in the park – well – a ride in the park…
Despite the drizzle, the riders waved the the cameras and smiled as they enjoyed their special moment in the park on an otherwise dreary Wednesday morning…
Next up – Team HOY packed up the vans to head over to LiverpoolONE shopping centre, to set up a track exclusively for little ones to test their legs out and take a HOY kids bike for a spin:
The team brought with the a range of bikes in all the sizes available, to make sure everyone got the opportunity to have a go:
Plenty of children wanted to take the bikes for a spin, and we met some real superstars with barrel fulls of talent, like this young boy we spotted cornering like a pro:
There were plenty of little legs marching up to, or tentatively sidling up to, Sir Chris – many of them a mixture of nervous and excited as they waited to speak to their cycling hero:
The Napier runner bikes went down a real treat, and they are a fantastic option for parents wanting to get their spogs started on a bike from an early age – developing balance and coordination that will pay dividends in years to come:
Ever the big kid, of course Sir Chris had to have a go himself, as well (we think it’s a bit small..):
Once everyone had had their turn, it was time to pack up once again and head to the Liverpool store, for a question and answer session with Sir Chris:
A packed out audience listened intently:
All questions asked and answered, there was plenty of time for people to have memorabilia signed:
And get a picture with Sir Chris:
So, despite yet another damp day thanks to the wonders of Mother Nature, everyone had a fantastic time – including Sir Chris and our crew.
Celebrations complete, our team then headed off to Scotland, ready to set up for more excitement today, in Edinburgh and Glasgow – find out how you can get involved here.