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Six hundred strong field tackle Festival of Cycling at the Mount

The Mayor and Mayoress at the start of the event
The Mayor and Mayoress at the start of the event

Six hundred cyclists joined in the two-day Festival of Cycling held on Oliver’s Mount.

The festival included road races for juniors on the closed roads of the motorcycle circuit, cyclo-cross racing on the top field, while local cycling clubs promoted children’s events, a sportive, and a hill climb time trial, also a demonstration of adapted cycles.

On Saturday, members of Richardsons Cycle Club organised successful Sportive and Go Ride events, while British Cycling hosted cyclo-cross racing.

Sunday’s events were the British Cycling Youth National Championships using the motor racing circuit, 400 young people aged under 16 years competed.

Scarborough Paragon Cycling Club promoted a come and try it hill climb.

Sportive organiser Bryden Simpson said: “This is our fourth year putting on this event, and once again riders enjoyed sunny weather.

“The event attracts people of all ages to Scarborough, everyone completed their chosen distance.

“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.”

Simpson thanked the local sponsors for their support.

The Sportive event offers a personal challenge where entrants choose to tackle 30-mile or 60-mile courses, riding on roads away from Oliver’s Mount onto the Yorkshire Wolds and back again.

More than one hundred entered this event, many were attempting this for the first time.

Riders old and young shared their sense of achievement with positive praise for the organisers.

A theme of their feedback was their first sportive which they enjoyed as it was very well organised.

There was also limitless flapjack and gels on offer, with a friendly atmosphere throughout.

Every rider had to tackle Folkton Brow Climb before looping through Reighton to Burton Fleming for a welcome refreshment stop provided by the Richardsons Cycle Club.

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 sign-posted, they provided mobile mechanics and also transport back to the start if required.