A TWICKENHAM student admits he is having the time of his life as he travels around the country on two wheels as a professional cyclist on the StreetVelodrome Series circuit.

Patrick Robinson, who studies sports coaching and business at St Mary’s University, was first introduced to the competition in Stockton two years ago, before returning in 2015 as a professional rider to thrill StreetVelodrome’s crowds.

StreetVelodrome, the brainchild of series director Carl Thompson, is a pop-up cycling track that can be erected in most environments, bringing cycling to the people in an Olympic pursuit-type competition.

As well as watching professionals like Robinson showing off their skills on the track alongside his Angels of the North team-mates, amateurs are also invited to take part, with the organisers providing everything from bikes to elbow pads for free.

Having gone through the transition from amateur to professional in the space of a couple of years, Robinson insists he would encourage anyone to get on a bike and give it a go.

“I gave StreetVelodrome a go in Stockton and did quite well, and they ended up asking me to take part in the series and here I am, doing quite well,” said the 21-year-old.

“I love StreetVelodrome because anyone can have a go at it. It tours around the UK so it’s very accessible, and there are so many different disciplines involved so anyone can do well.

“It’s so easy to give it a go, because we provide everyone with helmets, bikes and elbow pads, and we give you coaching before you grab a bike and set a time. It’s a lot of fun.”

StreetVelodrome will host finals day in Green Park on July 30, as part of Prudential RideLondon - the world’s greatest festival of cycling that was established to continue the legacy of the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

More than 25,000 people descended on the capital in 2015 to take part in the cycling spectacle, which involves a 100 mile ride from London to Surrey.

And with more expected to don their bike helmets this year, Robinson can’t wait to strut his cycling stuff in front of the city’s historical landmarks.

“We’re looking forward to seeing lots of people give it a go at Prudential RideLondon,” he added.

“Hopefully the crowds are going to be massive and the atmosphere is going to be amazing. We just can’t wait.”

The Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 46 takes place on Sunday, July 31. For more information or to enter visit prudentialridelondon.co.uk.