Dodds’ delight as Scarborough enjoys thrills of the Tour

Paragon Cycling Clubs 101-year-old president Stan Chadwick was helped around the Marine Drive by other members of the Scarborough club
Paragon Cycling Clubs 101-year-old president Stan Chadwick was helped around the Marine Drive by other members of the Scarborough club

Thousands watched the Tour de Yorkshire race through Scarborough last week.

Dylan Groenewegen raced over the finishing line on Marine Drive shortly after a dramatic pile-up involving a host of riders.

Paragon Cycling Club’s Steve Dodds said: “The Tour De Yorkshire in Scarborough was once again an enormous success, with an estimated 35,000 people in Scarborough to watch the first stage sprint finish.

“The sprint resulted in a massive crash on Marine Drive ,with three riders having broken collarbones as a result,thankfully there were no serious injuries.”

Watching from the VIP box were Paragon president Stan Chadwick, chairman Brian Musson and secretary Elaine Ward.

The three of them had been at the finish for most of the day, having completed the final mile earlier and undertaking several interviews and meetings with TV and radio stations.

The highlight was after the finish when the three Paragon members presented last year’s winner Tommy Voeckler with a Scarborough Paragon jersey, as the Belgian agreed to be a honorary member.

Dodds added: “It is well known Tommy loves racing in Yorkshire and in particular loves the support he receives from the Yorkshire people.

“Scarborough Paragon riders turned out in various places to support the tour and cheer on their heroes.

“Several riders helped get Stan out of his nursing home as he needed lifting downstairs in his chair, and Stan being 101 years old now, loved being out to watch the sport he loves.

“After this he was taken round the Marine Drive and across the finish line by 85-year-old chairman Brian on the specially adapted wheelchair bike by Scarborough and Ryedale Community Cycling.

“Other riders rode out to Bridlington to watch the start and then raced back into Scarborough in plenty of time to secure top spots roadside to see the action.

“It was great to see Scarborough’s professional rider James Gullen of JLT Condor Cycles on home roads.

“James finished safely in the main bunch and signed autographs and having pictures taken, before being rushed off in preparation for Saturday’s stage start over in Tadcaster.

“Saturday saw James away for much of the day in a breakaway group leading the race.

“James was first over several climbs and took his position to second overall in the King Of The Mountains jersey.

“He received lots of airtime for himself and his team and the TV commentators made numerous references to Scarborough and Paragon, an achievement which nearly got James the grey jersey for being the most aggressive rider, sadly he just missed out to Harry Tannerhill.

“James finished the third and final day in the main autobus of riders in an exceptionally tough stage of over 120 miles and 10,000 feet of climbing in the Yorkshire hills around Bradford and Sheffield.”

Dodds’ delight was echoed by Welcome To Yorkshire chief Gary Verity.

He said: “The last three days have been utterly unforgettable.

“I realise I keep saying it, but I could not be prouder of this great county we call home.

“One million roadside fans on a single day is a phenomenal figure and there are barely any week-long races in the sport that can command 2.2 million spectators, let alone a three-day event like ours.

“When I drove the route today there were smiling faces everywhere I looked and ‘The Yorkshire Terrier’ more than lived up to its billing as a stage to remember.

“I’d like to thank all the riders, partners and public who made this the best edition of the Tour de Yorkshire yet.”

Richardsons Cycling Club also capitalised on the spotlight of the Tour as they held events building up to the Stage One event on Friday.

On Wednesday children at three local junior schools took part in cycling events.

A combined total of over 300 school children from Ayton, Seamer and Hunmanby schools enjoyed racing on school playing fields, all ages, all abilities and all types of bikes and scooters.

Richardsons’ Paul Marr said: “It was great to see so many children enjoying the satisfaction of new achievements as they experienced keeping going when the legs are saying ‘stop’, just like the professional racers.

“The three events were promoted by coaches and members of Richardson’s Cycle Club, working in partnership with the school staff.”