Ilkley Cycling Club wins two trophies at Tour de France-style bike race

Dan Eadson from Avanti Gas with Ilkley Cycling Club team members

Dan Eadson from Avanti Gas with Ilkley Cycling Club team members

First published in Local news

A cycling club celebrated a double win over the bank holiday weekend.

Ilkley Cycling Club came away with two of the four prizes when it hosted its first race inspired by the Tour de France.

The contest, sponsored by LPG supplier AvantiGas, welcomed 25 three-man teams from Yorkshire, the Midlands, North East and North West to take part in the challenging two-day stage race to win the iconic yellow, green and polka dot jerseys known from the Tour de France.

The race was aimed at 2nd, 3rd and 4th category riders who competed in a 55-mile road race around the Penny Pot Circuit on Saturday morning, the second stage 4.5-mile team time trial on Saturday afternoon and the final 45- mile road race stage around the Darley/Dacre Circuit on Sunday.

With the lowest accumulated time at the end of each of the three stages, the Ilkley club was awarded the overall team prize and as the most consistent finisher, Ben Hallworth, of Ilkley Cycling Club, claimed the AvantiGas green points jersey. Overall, Ben came 4th, Robert Ormrod 5th and Ewan Farrow 6th in the individual rider results.

The best hill climber title and AvantiGas polka dot jersey went to Steven Guymer, from Cottingham Coureurs RT, and the AvantiGas yellow jersey for the lowest aggregated time overall went to Alex Jones, from Audlem Cycle Club. As well as the prestigious jerseys, each winner was awarded a cash prize from the sponsor.

Tim Gill, race organiser from Ilkley Cycling Club said: “This is the first time we’ve done a road race that's also a stage race and we thought it’d be great for cyclists to experience racing for yellow, green and polka dot jerseys just like in the Tour de France.

“AvantiGas has made all the difference to this inaugral event. Their sponsorship elevated it to a race that attracted teams from across the North and Midlands, with substantial prizes and a level of organisation that brought real prestige to the occasion.

“We want this to become an annual event and feel it has the potential to be one of our most popular races for 2nd, 3rd and 4th category riders.”

Dan Eadson, from AvantiGas, said: “It’s been a great weekend of cycling and we’re delighted with its success. Ilkley Cycling Club has developed a race that attracts people from around the UK.”

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