‘Tour could inspire town’s youngsters’ insists cycling club official

Team Sky rider Lars Petter Nordhaug (centre) on his way to winning the first stage of the Tour de Yorkshire between Bridlington and Scarborough. (Picture: Martin Rickett/PA Wire)
Team Sky rider Lars Petter Nordhaug (centre) on his way to winning the first stage of the Tour de Yorkshire between Bridlington and Scarborough. (Picture: Martin Rickett/PA Wire)
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Scarborough’s youngsters are going to benefit from today’s staging of Tour de Yorkshire, according to a local cycling club official.

Paragon Cycling Club press officer Graham Varley believes the exposure to international racing should entice youngsters in Scarborough into the sport.

Varley said: “It’s been a brilliant day, and hopefully some of the younger people in town will fancy getting into cycling after it.

“I’m hoping we can attract some new, younger members to the club on the back of their exposure to the sport.

“Cycling needs younger members anyway and events like the Tour De Yorkshire are fantastic to help attract them into the sport.

“I rode as a teenager and packed in in my early 20s, but the London Olympics in 2012 inspired me to get back on my bike.
“Hopefully the Tour de Yorkshire will be that inspiration to some now.”

Varley admits he was pleasantly surprised as thousands made their way onto the streets to cheer on the cyclists.

“There were thousands of people down at the finishing line and more all over the route,” he added.

“With it being a Friday I was worried there might not be that many out, but it was a great turnout and a fantastic success.”

Paragon are running their 5x5 mile time trials on Friday evenings, which start at Scarborough RUFC’s Silver Royd ground on Scalby Road.

Details on those and how to get involved can be found at www.spcc.org.uk