Coach award for Clifton Cycling Club’s Billy Geraghty

Gazette & Herald: Billy Geraghty, left Billy Geraghty, left

Clifton Cycling Club’s Billy Geraghty has carried off this year’s Yorkshire Club Coach award for his work with Clifton’s Go-Ride team, which brings eight to 16-year-olds into the sport.

The award will be presented at British Cycling’s national Go-Ride conference in Manchester next month.

Clifton began providing coaching for young people in 2010 using Hempland School’s playgrounds.

Since then British success in cycling at international level – particularly the Beijing and London Olympics and the past two consecutive Tour de France wins – has seen interest multiply.

The club now regularly sees 50 under-16s attending its weekly coaching sessions.

Said Geraghty: “When I came to York five years ago and joined Clifton CC I was asking ‘where are all the junior riders, what do we do for them?’. And so Clifton CC Go-Ride Club was born.

“We started with five kids and it has grown to where it is today.”

Clifton CC’s racing secretary Phil Bixby said: “Billy has worked wonders as part of a small, voluntary team who have created something from nothing, and turned it into a successful, nationally-accredited operation.”

For details see the www.cliftoncc.org website or on Go-Ride contact goride@cliftoncc.org.

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