FORMER National Cyclo-Cross champion Steve Douce is set to compete again after 16 years off the bike.
Douce, aged 49, from Barlaston was crowned national champion eight times between 1983 and 1993 and obtained a haul of top 20 finishes at the World Cyclo- Cross Championships during this period.
He will take to the saddle again in the first ever Queen Victoria Cyclo-Cross at Blists Hill, Ironbridge on Saturday night starting at 7.15pm.
Riding the event mainly for fun, Douce said: “I was tempted because the event looks really interesting. Also, I’ve recently started coaching cyclo-cross, so I thought I’d better practice what I preach!
“I wanted to compete again and I have just started to get back into the sport.”
The Queen Victoria Cyclo-Cross is a new event to the calendar and is the brain child of Nick Jeggo who also promotes Newport Nocturne, first race 6pm.