Selby Cycling Club set for celebration

Selby Cycling Club members. (BUY THIS PHOTO L0073TS) Picture: Tony Saxton

Selby Cycling Club members. (BUY THIS PHOTO L0073TS) Picture: Tony Saxton

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Preparations are pedalling ahead to host a huge cycle event from a club celebrating its remarkable 90th birthday this year.

Now one of the oldest biking groups in the UK, Selby Cycling Club is gearing up to host its biggest event yet - the Selby Three Swans Sportive.

The mass participation race, supported by the Selby Times and Selby District Council, will begin in front of the stunning Selby Abbey and includes three rides of varying length throughout the town.

Chris Amor, club marketing officer, said it is hoped the event would encourage more people to get biking.

“Sportives are the fastest growing area in cycling and are non-competitive rides open to everyone. The Three Swans Sportive offers 25, 60 and 90-mile routes including organised food zones. We’d love to see as many people as possible sign up for the ride and help the club celebrate it’s 90th anniversary,” said Amor.

“The club has seen an explosion in growth over the past six years, particularly since the Beijing Olympics and again from the fantastic performance of our cyclists at London 2012. We’ve increased from some 10 members in 2007 to over 90 now and that’s growing each week.

“We’re beginning to look at development and have appointed a new youth development officer to the committee. We’ll also be organising the club’s first road race for a number of years.

“The recent growth of the club, spearheaded by the club’s treasurer and driving force since the 1970s Ken Gabriels, and including the addition of many female and younger members is perhaps the club’s proudest achievements to date.

“We want to continue to build on our success by attracting more members and particularly encourage people to get on a bike.

“Cycling is a very accessible sport and one which is excellent for slowly building up fitness and confidence.”

The town’s club is made up of cyclists from everyday riders to time trialists.

It boasts several success stories such as a world 24-hour distance record and has member Matthew Williams, a Category 1 racer, competing in national road races.

For all of the club’s events and more about the Sportive, which takes place on September 1, visit www.selbycyclingclub.org, see Facebook group ‘Selby Cycling Club’ or follow @SelbyCC on Twitter.