MALTON’S Festival of Cycling hit the streets on Sunday with organisers delighted by the success of the first event.

Hundreds of people visited the town to watch the youngsters, women, semi-professional and professional racers, with the main race attracting some of the country’s leading cyclists. Northern Ride, in Saville Street, Malton, organised the not-for-profit event in association with Malton CIC, British Cycling, Fitzwilliam Estate, Welcome to Yorkshire, TMC Traffic Management Ltd and Malton Wheelers Road Club.

Ash Clark, from Northern Ride, said the day had been “awesome”.

“There was a really great feeling about the town and I have had some really positive feedback from the competitors, who thought it was one of the best road races,” he said. “I’ve also been contacted by two or three firms that want to get involved with sponsorship for next year.”

Sponsors for this year’s event included North Yorkshire Superfast Broadband, Swinton Technology, The Talbot Hotel, Malton CIC, NECO, Crombie Wilkinson, Elvington Plant Hire, Switched Electrical and Paul Waddington Flooring.

“We would like to thank all the sponsors for their support, without which this event would not take place,” Ash said. “We would also like to thank Elvington Plant Hire, who provide the barriers and Community Traffic Management Ltd.”

Ash said the cyclists, who had travelled from all over the country, had also been impressed with race route.

“They thought Malton was perfect with its natural amphitheatre and the challenge of the hill,” he said.

“We will definitely have it again and hopefully make it bigger and better and build on the good buzz."


Race results

Riders were awarded points from each race they took part in and then the totals were added up to give these classifications:

Under 6’s
1st Madelaine Hirzel
2nd Oscar Bradshaw
3rd Ben Cartman
4th Edward Hall
4th Ezra Bateman
6th Florence Levell
7th Oscar Fothergill
8th Josie Hoste

Under 8’s
1st Olivia Hall
2nd Millie Jarvis
3rd Thomas Eblet
4th Andrew Prole
5th Thomas Willaghby
6th Jack Pirie
7th Ben Saunders
8th Tomos Davies
8th Ella Hoste
8th William McCobald
11th George Christie
12th Matilda Stringer
13th Sam Robinson
14th William Stott
15th Lewis Armistead
16th Erin Griffiths
17th Tasha Thompson
18th Toby Robinson

Under 10
1st Francis Hirzel
2nd Ozzy Stringer
3rd William Butterworth
3rd Saul Bateman
5th Milo Hull
6th Max Bradshaw
7th Henry Grice Holt
8th Lily Knight
8th Ellie Armistead
10th Phoebe Crick

Under 12’s
1st Harry Butterworth
2nd Amber Hull
3rd Joseph Prole
4th Megan Simpson

Under 14
1st Guy Drabble

Under 16
1st Sam Hirzel
2nd Jasper Wood