Cycling Festival’s Sportive proves to be a big hit

Riders pull away from the start of the festivals Sportive at Olivers Mount
Riders pull away from the start of the festivals Sportive at Olivers Mount

Local cycling clubs joined with British Cycling Yorkshire to provide a weekend of cycling events on Oliver’s Mount.

Hundreds of cyclists joined in the two-day festival of cycling held in warm sunshine.
On Saturday members of Richardsons cycle club organised successful Sportive and Go Ride events and British cycling hosted cyclo cross racing.
Sunday’s events included a hill climb organised by Scarborough Paragon cycling club, with road races run by British cycling also using the motor racing circuit.
The Sportive event offered a personal challenge where entrants chose to tackle 30 miles or 60 miles riding on roads away from Oliver’s Mount onto the Yorkshire Wolds and back again.
One hundred and forty people entered this event, and many were attempting it for the first time.
These first-timers shared their sense of achievement with positive praise for the organisers.
Every rider had to tackle the Folkton Brow climb before looping through Reighton to Burton Fleming for a welcome refreshment stop provided by Richardsons CC.
Riders doing 60 miles then went to Thwing, Weaverthorpe, Langtoft, Kilham, Rudston and back to the refreshment stop for a second time.
All riders shared the same route back to Oliver’s Mount cycling through Fordon, Flixton and Osgodby Top.
The aim is to provide carefree cycling to give people the confidence to have a go.
As well as providing refreshments, the organisers arranged for the routes to be clearly signposted, they provided mobile mechanics, and even transport back to the start if required.
Organiser Bryden Simpson said: “This is our second year putting on this event, there were more riders, more women and more local people taking part. Like last year there were lots of smiles of satisfaction at the finish line.
“It is really great to know that we are providing opportunities for more people to enjoy cycling.”
The Go Ride events attracted youngsters who all enjoyed a skills session and racing on grass, while in the afternoon the older youngsters competed in the cyclo cross event.
Scarborough Paragon held its hill climb at Oliver’s Mount as part of the festival.
The event was well attended and gave everyone the chance to have a bit of fun and ride on whatever they liked up a short section of the mount.
Hannah Bayes continues to impress with good results, coming fifth overall in the hill climb, finishing as first female and also placing eighth in the National Junior Road Race on the mount.
She also rode in Malton Wheelers 10 at Pickering, which gave her a time of 26 minutes 41 seconds.