Boston Spa’s new cycling club continues Tour de France spirit

NAWN 1409167AM1 Boston Spa Cycling Club. Cycling coach Angela Gaunt with ast. coach Hannah Kilvington and coach Phil Bateman with youngsters who are taking part in the sessions.(1409167AM1)
NAWN 1409167AM1 Boston Spa Cycling Club. Cycling coach Angela Gaunt with ast. coach Hannah Kilvington and coach Phil Bateman with youngsters who are taking part in the sessions.(1409167AM1)
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The spirit of the Grand Depart is living on in Boston Spa thanks to the efforts of a former Olympian and his sister.

Phil Bateman, who competed road cycling events in the Seoul Olympics in 1988 and rode for Britain, is part of the coaching team for the newly formed Boston Spa Cycling Club.

Organiser and Phil’s sister Angela Gaunt, 42, said: “After the Yorkshire Grand Depart, the profile of cycling is very high so we thought it would be a good time to give people the confidence to go out and about on their bikes.

“Phil is a British Cycling coach and with this club will be aiming to get people to cycle as fast as they can.

“I am a trained coach with the Go Cycling scheme and also teach Bikeability (the old cycling proficiency scheme) in schools through my main employer Cycle Leeds so will be looking to give people the confidence and the skills to go out on the road.”

People who attend the sessions, which will run on Tuesdays all year round at Stables Lane Playing Fields, will be able to take part in cycling games, races, balance and bike maintenance.

Sessions, costing £3, will cater for all cycling abilities and even those who cannot yet ride.

The group initially opened to primary children and any others with special needs, including mobility, hearing or vision issues but will now cater for all ages, including adults.

To register contact Angela Gaunt on 07947 791 547 or angela.gaunt@ntlworld.com