Our Harrogate correspondent, Ted Sarmiento, reports on a successful tie in between the Tour de France’s visit to the region and a local coaching initiative with a ‘Cross focus:
Harrogate Nova coaching future Tour de France stars
A new cycling partnership between Harrogate Council and volunteers from Harrogate Nova cycling club has provided British Cycling Level 2 coaching expertise for the town’s youth riders aged between 8 and 16 in a series of six coached cycling session leading up to the big weekend of the Tour de France.
However, knowing that selection for this year’s Tour may be a bit of a stretch, with even Wiggins struggling to make the cut, this scheme prepared our young riders in all kinds of technical skills in readiness for the Nova’s annual summer cyclo-cross race, with eleven of our coached riders taking part in the race, and for most this was their first ever cycle race of any sort.
Cyclo-cross is one of the most accessible forms of cycle racing and anyone can race as long as they have a bike and a crash helmet. Parents are reporting back that kids are choosing their bikes for fun, for getting to school and are practicing their skills in the back garden. Success!
Harrogate Nova are also grateful for the support of Izumi bicycle chains of Osaka, Japan that power team GB to Olympic glory on the track, Cyclocross Magazine from the USA and Prologue Performance Cycling of Cold Bath Road, Harrogate who all provided cycling related goodies for our new biking superstars