festival hailed a big success

Festival of Cycling'The elite racers on the famous Olivers Mount circuit'Picture by Neil Silk  112369h'11/06/11

Festival of Cycling'The elite racers on the famous Olivers Mount circuit'Picture by Neil Silk 112369h'11/06/11

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ORGANISERS of the first ever Scarborough Festival of Cycling have hailed the event as a success.

The new venture took place over the weekend starting on Friday night with BMX skills exhibition and finishing yesterday with a family ride on the cinder track.

Tucked in between on Saturday was some Elite racing at Oliver’s Mount and something for the children too.

Organiser Mark Grange said: “It has been an absolutely fantastic weekend and we are very pleased with the results.

“There has been a lot of hard work gone in to get this festival organised and we had 81 riders in total on the day.

“They ranged from under-eights right through to the elite racers who came from all around the area to take part.”

A special race was held in the memory of Richardsons Cycle Club member Adam Everingham, who died tragically last year at the age of 17.

Grange added: “It was a nice thing to do in the memory of Adam and his family appreciated it.

“The whole atmosphere over the weekend has been superb and this is something we really want to build on.

“Scarborough Council, British Cycling and everyone else involved in putting this event on have been superb.

“We got a bit of rain on Saturday and there were a couple of small crashes but apart from that it has been magnificent.”

Read Pete Spence’s full report from the Festival of Cycling inside.