Daniel Gregory: Come & Try It is a great way to start cycling

Sports reporter Daniel Gregory donned the helmet and took to a road bike for Paragon Cycling Club's latest Come & Try It event
Sports reporter Daniel Gregory donned the helmet and took to a road bike for Paragon Cycling Club's latest Come & Try It event
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Cycling was one of the few sports we didn’t manage to tick off the list when we ran our Inspiring Youth campaign following the 2012 London Games.

With that in mind I turned up for Paragon Cycling Club’s third Come & Try It event last week to give it a go and see what all the fuss is about leading upto Yorkshire hosting the opening stages of the Tour de France.

I have to say I was surprised at how long it took to get used to the road bike, but once you get used to the change it’s pretty much plain sailing.

I managed to clock a 71.08 for the five-mile course around Scalby, which starts at the edge of Burniston near the Three Jolly Sailors and takes you up Scalby Road, onto Station Road, back along the coastal road and then finishing near the Daisy Tea Rooms back on Scalby Road.

It’s tougher than it sounds. Five miles sounds easy going, but you’re obviously having to pedal constantly to keep up with the pace.

A few people flew past me, but I didn’t mind too much, especially with Bob Hewitt being one of them, he clocked a ridiculous 12.49.

I like to think I could shave around a minute off that time. The road bike took some getting used to (many thanks to Rob Corney for allowing me to borrow it), and I didn’t know what to expect from the race either.

Great fun though and the event itself was superbly organised with Elaine Ward running things down to the last little detail.

I wasn’t sure what to expect, but I have to say I was pleased I made the effort to turn up and give it a go.

I would encourage anyone who has contemplated cycling to get up to the next one on Thursday June 26.