Cycling clubs in Kirklees and Calderdale are celebrating the Tour de France with a series of G-Ride Tour events.
Several have already been staged and more are on the calendar over the next few weeks.
In all, 13 cycling clubs across Yorkshire are hosting over 20 Go-Ride Tour events, to cement the legacy of this weekend’s big race and give young people the chance to get involved with cycle sport.
All youngsters across the area are welcome to turn up and take part in the entry-level events, with the Go-Ride Tour co-ordinated by British Cycling.
Holmfirth Go-Ride Cycling Club are involved, as are Huddersfield Star Wheelers, and there are also events at Brooksbank School, Elland, organised by Pedalsport Go-Ride.
Jason Kenny, a world champion who progressed from a Go-Ride club, said: “Go-Ride Clubs provide such a great opportunity for kids to get into cycling.
“It’s unbelievable to hear about all the young people inspired to get involved after watching events on the world stage, and clubs are doing brilliantly at harnessing that inspiration.”
All Go-Ride Tour events will take place in a fun, safe, traffic-free environment and will be led by club volunteers and coaches trained by British Cycling.
At the events, the young riders will have the chance to take part in a number of riding sequences, with the best efforts winning t-shirts and medals in the colours of the Tour de France jerseys – white, green, yellow and polka dot.
British Cycling’s director of coaching, education and development, John Mills, said: “We have a fantastic summer of cycling ahead of us and we wanted to provide an opportunity for young riders to emulate their cycling heroes and experience the thrill of racing.
“We look forward to welcoming lots of new riders to the Go-Ride Tour, which will undoubtedly be a highlight of the year for the Go-Ride programme. These racing events are developing the next generation of bike racers, so you never know, we might also find another Laura Trott or Chris Froome!”
Over 60% of the Great Britain Cycling Team started out at Go-Ride Clubs.
Diary of events in this area:
Today, July 2: Holmfirth Go-Ride at Holmfirth High School, Pedalsport Go-Ride at Brooksbank School, Elland.
Friday, July 4: Pedalsport Go-Ride at Brooksbank School.
Thursday, July 10: Holmfirth Go-Ride at Holmfirth High School.
Saturday, July 19: Pedalsport Go-Ride at Brooksbank School.
Sunday, July 20: Huddersfield Star Wheelers Go-Ride at Storthes Hall.
Full details at www.britishcycling.org.uk/go-ride
There are 300 Go-Ride clubs across the country in communities and schools, where young people are able to sample the various cycle disciplines and start enjoying one of the fastest growing sports in the UK.
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