Report: Scarborough Festival of Cycling

The Yorkshire Coastal town which is linked to plans for the Grand Depart of the Tour de France hosted its own cycling Festival this weekend.

The Festival idea came  from a successful project delivering cycle training in schools and the wider community, “ Cycling +”, and grew from a wish to have an end of year event.  It was secured through a grant form the CTC Cycling Development  Officer for North Yorkshire, Martyn Bolt, and delivered through  a strong partnership between CTC, the Scarborough Borough Council, School Sports Partnerships, Youth services,  local cycling clubs, Sustrans, and British Cycling and Cycling Time Trials.

Commenting after the weekend, CTC officer martyn Bolt said “ This has been a great success  not only in encouraging cycling, and promoting tourism in Scarborough but from the partnership of cycling and other bodies.  I am already looking forward to planning next year’s event!”

The festival was held over 3 days , each having a separate emphasis to appeal to all areas of cycling. Friday evening was very much youth focussed with activities centred around the lottery funded ‘Hairy Bobs  skate/bmx park’.  A stunt riding team, 3sixty had been commissioned to provide entertainment in demonstrating cycle stunts, youth services had a tent for budding DJs to try their skills, Tee shirt and banner painting and around 300 people enjoyed this opening event.

A sunny Saturday saw the focus move to the Oliver’s Mount  circuit for a day of mixed racing..  Whilst many present had memories of racing round the circuit , which  can include  some technical corners  steep descents and vicious climb on the full loop, it had not been used for cycling for some time and was well received by the riders.  Although some using the full 2 mile loop were over geared for the climb it seemed.

The day’s racing included 3 races dedicated to local cyclists; Adam Everingham a Scarborough rider in whose memory the Youth B race was held. The youth A event was renamed The Lewis Barry Memorial after the talented rider from Garforth , Leeds. The event finale for Elite, 1,2, 3 cats was designated the Dave  Rayner Memorial Race after  the late professional ride from Bradford.

Trophies for the latter 2 events were donated by the Dave Rayner Fund. An overcast Sunday  and families were  out riding on a former rail line between Scarborough and Whitby, known as the Cinder Track. Unusually for those used to cycling on former rail lines, this one ( which closed in 1965) has a steady gradient to the midway point at Ravenscar, but offers stunning views of the coast and the delights of the café at Ravenscar were enjoyed by many of the riders


Youth D and E – U10S and U8s

1st    Billy Lazenby    East Bradford CC
2nd    George Southby    East Bradford CC
3rd    Will Faichney    C.R.C Hull
4th    Ella Lazenby    East Bradford CC
5th    Adam Fortune    K.C.A
6th    Patrick Kilcullen    Stockton Wheelers
7th    Nathan Fortune    Pedal Sport
8th    Zak Fortune    Stockton Wheelers

Under 12s
1st    Jacob Feetham    Wakefield TRI
2nd    Toby Tanfield    Cleveland Wheelers
3rd    Hannah Banks    East Bradford CC
4th    Euan Cameron    East Bradford CC
5th    Ben Wait    Lincs Quad
6th    Joe Faichney    C.R.C Hull
7th    Robert Southby    East Bradford CC

Under 14s
1st    Joey Walker    RST RT Trigon
2nd    Chris Barnes    Seacroft Wheelers
3rd    Jake Beach    Aire Valley RT
4th    Archie Stewart    Mossey rt
5th    Joe Parker    East Bradford CC
6th    Callum Norris    Richardsons CC
7th    Billy Robinson    Active

Under 16
1st    Levi Moody    RST RT Trigon
2nd    Seb Marsh    Seacroft Wheelers
3rd    Leon Taylor-Woodhouse    Holme Valley Wheelers
4th    James King    Colomba CC
5th    William Staveley    Clifton CC
6th    Josh Cutler    RST RT Trigon
7th     Alice Grieve (W)    Stockton Wheelers
8th    Declan Bowler    Stockton Wheelers
9th    Luke Banks    East Bradford CC
10th    Naomi Johnston (W)    Clifton CC
11th    Olivia Tomlinson (W)    City Road Club

Regional C
1st    Peter Beverley    Private
2nd    Lee Coulson    Hull Thursday
3rd    Iona Sewell (W)    Squadra Donne
4th    Dave Atkin    Bartoon Wheelers
5th    Jacques Simon    Clifton CC
6th    Steve Coates    We Love Mountains
7th     Andy Faichney    C.R.C Hull
8th    Gabriella Shaw (W)    For Viored Brookvex
9th    Gary Trees    Wilson Wheels RT
10th    David Betts    Team Swift
11th    Rory Macleod    Durham/Aura Cycles
12th    Craig Moody    Pedalsport
13th    Jess Bacon (W)    Clifton CC
14th    Andy MacDermott    GS Metro
15th    Paul Begley    Clifton CC
16th    Keiron Murphy    Army
17th    Darren Binks    Hambleton RC
18th    Nicola Moore (W)    Private
19th    Dave Tortoiseshell    Army
20th    Paul Cutler    RST RT Trigon
21st    Robert Stanley    Private
22nd    Victoria Hood (W)    Team Swift

1st    Nathan Wilson    Wilson Wheels RT
2nd    Duncan Moralee    Sportscover
3rd    Ben Ives    We Love Mountains
4th    Nick Coupland    We Love Mountains
5th    Simon Maudsley    Crosstrax
6th    Jack Rees    Velo29
7th     Mark Perry    Vicious Velo
8th    William Brown    Fiestsen Tempo
9th    John Brown    Activ Cycles RT
10th    Ivan Boyes    Huddersfield Star Wheelers
11th    John Sherriffs    Pendle Forest
12th    Matthew Enticknap    TEF/Richardsons RT
13th    Paul Hickman    TEF/Richardsons RT

1st    Rob Cater    Velo29
2nd    James Gullen    Team Wallis
3rd    Dan Smith    Velo29
4th    Chris Sherriffs    Team bglobal
5th    Richard Meadows    Cottingham Coureurs
6th    Alex Bottomley    Fietsen Tempo
7th     Alastair Kay    Herbalife Wheelbase
8th    William Haynes    Durham Uni-Aura
9th    Chris Mark    Velo29
10th    Andrew Miles    Durham Uni Aura Cycles
11th    Duncan Moralee    Sportscover
12th    Ashley Marshall    Aire Valley RT


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