Scarborough Paragon cyclists on top form

Callum Norris
Callum Norris

On a tough, windy and overcast night, the penultimate Scarborough Paragon Cycling Club Come and Try It five-mile time-trial was held at Scalby.

Due to holidays and school trips, only eight of the regular juveniles were available to contest the points.

The rain held off, but the mainly headwind section up the long drag from Burniston to Scalby proved difficult. Amazingly 15 year old Matthew Harrison, on his mountain bike, was the only one to do a personal best.

One of the youngest, 13-year-old Ben Sixsmith, came out with the best time of 13:45, closely followed by Harry Brown (age 15) in 13:49 and third was Louise Scupham (age 14) with 15:22. Callum Norris (age 14) was fourth overall in 15:24; James Thompson (age 14) did 16:03; Matthew Harrison 17:40 (PB); Eli Scott (age 12) did 19:23 and William Hill (age 13) on 22:08.

The clear winner with 14 points for the gold medal was Ben Sixsmith, followed by Louise Scupham for silver with 13 points, but the three-way tie on 11 points was between Harry Brown, Eli Scott and Matthew Harrison, with Harry getting the verdict on actual time result.

All the riders picked up valuable points and the current overall standings, with one remaining event, show Ben Sixsmith leading with 58 points, Louise Scupham 53 points then Harry Brown 48. Callum Norris isn’t far behind on 41, James Thompson 36 and Eli Scott 31.

James Brown is tied on 29 points with Matthew Harrison, Jack Sleight 25, William Hill 22, Scott Brierley 21, Callum Ramsay 15 and Andrew Hume 10.

The club is now gearing up for a very busy week of community cycling action.

The grand finale of the Come & Try It time trial series at Scalby for novices and juveniles is to be held on Thursday July 12.

There will be a special prize presentation for all the riders in the Scarborough Rugby Club at Silver Royd after the event, where all family, friends and supporters are welcome to join us in the bar area.

This will be followed by a busy weekend of action in the second Scarborough Festival of Cycling from Friday July 13 at various locations.

Paragon are promoting a free Come & Try It half-mile timed hill climb event at 1pm at Olivers Mount on the Sunday, July 15.

Riders to sign on at the registration tent by 12.15pm please.

There is a variety of cycling activity, including the Jimmy Savile Challenge, youth grass track racing, road racing, schools competitions and BMX.