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Polish riders put on right track.

A GROUP of Polish cycle racers who wanted to compete at a venue in the UK weren't sent to Coventry - instead they were told the city is the place to be.

The five-strong cycle speedway team from the city of Bydgoszcz are coming to Britain for the European championships in Ipswich.

They wanted to do one other competition and asked British cycle speedway bosses where they could race. The response was the newly restored cycle speedway track on Hearsall Common, Earlsdon.

The team will arrive in Coventry tomorrow afternoon, ready for an evening contest against Coventry Devlin's Newsagents, the Wednesfield Aces and a team from Swindon.

They will be welcomed by Coventry Lord Mayor Cllr Dave Chater, given a tour of the Council House and taken out for dinner.

The Coventry Polish Association will be playing the country's national anthem and providing Polish flags at the race track to make sure the visitors feel at home.

After the race a reception will be held at Coventry's Polish Club. The association's members will put up the cyclists for the night and the following day they will head back to Ipswich to prepare for the European championships.

Coventry cycle speedway secretary Mick Docker said: "They asked where else they could compete in Britain and were told to go to the track in Coventry because it is newly restored and there's loads of enthusiasm.

"It's our first international match for 24 years. As ambassadors for the city we will be royally entertaining them."
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Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:Jul 23, 2001
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