Scupham eyes national series after Tour ride

Louise Scupham in action
Louise Scupham in action

Scarborough Paragon cyclist Louise Scupham has set her sights on the national road race series after competing in the Tour de Yorkshire women’s race.

The 17-year-old from Snainton, who was making her road race debut in the York-based event on Saturday, said: “It was a great atmosphere and was brilliant to be part of the Tour de Yorkshire.

“I will now look forward to taking part in the Yorkshire Road Racing Championships in a couple of weeks, and then I am hoping to enter a couple of National Road Race Series events.”

She said: “I was pulled out of the race after three of the four 20km laps completed, but I finished second in my group and a lot of other riders were withdrawn after one or two laps, so I was not too upset.

“It would have been nice to have been up with the main riders but they really sprinted away at the start.”

Lining up in a big field of nearly 100 riders alongside Dame Sarah Storey and Olympic champion Joanne Rowsell, who also called it a day after three laps, it was a big step up for the teenager.

The Scarborough Sixth Form student added: “I gained a lot of experience from this race, which was my first-ever road race and the longest I have ever competed in.

“It does not matter how many times you study tactics and look at the best way to attack a race, nothing prepares you for it like actually taking part in a race.”

The rising star, who only took up cycling five years ago with Paragon, said: “I was delighted to see so many fellow Paragon members in York to cheer me on, I would like to thank them all, especially Elaine Ward and Mick Storey.

“It was great to hear the crowd shouting your name while you were making your way around the course.

“I would also like to thank all my friends and family who offered good-luck wishes.

“It was a great weekend as I watched the riders finish in Scarborough on Friday, it was a great atmosphere.”