Inspirational year for British Cycling: 3/3 as victory for Simon Yates makes it the perfect year
Posted: Tue, 18 Sep 2018 08:54
Simon Yates won the Vuelta a Espana on Sunday to complete a clean sweep of British victories in this year's three grand tours.
Yates's victory means that for the first time, three riders from the same country have won all three tours in the same season, with fellow Britons Chris Froome winning the Giro d'Italia earlier this year in May, and Geraint Thomas taking home the trophy at the Tour de France in July.
The unprecedented year of success for British riders comes after a long line of victories - a run that began in 2012 when Sir Bradley Wiggins famously became the first Briton to win a grand tour at the Tour de France. British riders have now won 9 of the last 20 Grand Tours, and have won the last five in a row after Chris Froome also won last year's Tour and Vuelta.
Such a successful year for British Cycling could be extremely influential in encouraging others to become involved in the sport. Commenting on the trio's success, British Cycling Chief Executive Julie Harrington said:
"We know that their success has helped to inspire people up and down the country to get on their bikes, whether they want to race, get fit or just ride for fun. As Britain continues to battle with obesity, inactivity and the associated social costs, we believe that cycling has a huge role to play in helping to create a healthier and happier Britain, and victories like these are vital in encouraging people to take that first step."
In Suffolk there are a wide range of opportunities to get involved, and as a county that is host to beautiful open countryside and spectacular views, it is the perfect place for people to get on their bike and out into the fresh air.
The British Cycling Association website provides lots of information on everything needed to enjoy cycling, features a leisure calendar that lists everything from charity events to multi-day challenges and a 'club finder' section where people can find their nearest cycling club. For those that don't wish to join a club but are still interested in being more involved, the Discover Suffolk website lists a number of popular cycling routes in and around Suffolk for anyone to enjoy.
Links to both webpages can be found below: