Coach award for Clifton Cycling Club’s Billy Geraghty

Billy Geraghty, left

Billy Geraghty, left

First published in Sport

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 website or on Go-Ride contact

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