The Rollapaluza event at Preston Grasshoppers on Friday 18th, sponsored by Approved Inspectors, provided a fun evening of racing along with displays by Beacon Fell Bikes and OTE Nutrition and a guest appearance from former world and commonwealth champion, Rob Hayles who was also signing copies of his new book.
The racing took the form of an all-comers leader board from which the fastest 16 went into a knockout competition. From a qualifying ride under 22 seconds, Julian Pearson was fastest in every round and a clear winner, taking the final from Martin Bretherton.
Olympic medallist, Rob Hayles stepped up to have a go and took on Julian Pearson only for Julian to post the fastest ride of the night at 21.27.
Hoppers Rollers is a social cycling club within Preston Grasshoppers Rugby Club and has now added club racing and elite racing members. The Elite team riders will race under the name Team Hoppers Rollers and are Stephen Abbott, Ben Dean, Julian Pearson and Shaun Pearson with team administration provided by Chris Vaughan, Nev Pearson and Richard Ellis. They will be looking to contest National and North West events.