Wheelers tackle the Tour de France course... in Yorkshire

The Wheelers on their Tour de Yorkshire.
The Wheelers on their Tour de Yorkshire.

A number of Boston Wheelers have tackled sections of this year’s Tour de France... ahead of the upcoming event.

From July 5, the British duo of defending champion Chris Froome and prolific stage winner Mark Cavendish will be among the world’s greatest cyclists competing for the Yellow and Green Jersies.

And with this year’s opening stages being raced in England - including passing through Leeds, Harrogate, York, Cambridge and London - before the action continues on the continent, through Belgium, Spain and, of course, France, members of Team Green decided to test themselves on some British parts of the course.

A total of 15 Wheelers could not wait for July, and decided to tackle some of the Le Tour climbs themselves on Sunday.

Their 80-mile route included 3,000m of climbing and took in Midhopestones and Holme Moss in Yorkshire, which wasn’t too bad for riders from the flattest part of the country.

Earl Taylor continues to lead the Wheelers’ 10-Mile Time Trial League.

In blustery conditions last Tuesday, he won yet another round with his time of 23 mins 17 secs, with Darren Smith just nine seconds behind.

Julie Ellis (26-24) is fighting back in the ladies’ event. She was the fastest female, pipping Maddy Verdegaal by just two seconds.

Other results: Martin White 23-50, Dan Storey 24-17, Charlie Porter 24-18, Shane Gowling 24-18, Dan Carr 24-35, Nick Chapman 24-40, Maddy Verdegaal 26-26 , Pete Flint 26-29, Jonathan Self 26-54, Paul Winrow 30-10, Sam Trotter (youth) 33-47, David Nunn 36-52.

Showing that he is not just a one distance man, Earl Taylor set a new personal best time of 59-09 during the Spalding 25m TT on Saturday.

Another great night of racing on Corby’s Rockingham Ring circuit saw junior Dan Storey record his best position yet of the series.

He was the second finisher (first junior), with Earl Taylor sixth and Dan Carr unable to get out of the bunch in time for the sprint for the line.

Never one to be outdone by the men, Maddy Verdegaal took on a new challenge of Town Centre racing.

These races are on short circuits in town centres and are very technical with short straights and very tight turns.

The Swindon Technology Category 2/3/4 Women’s Race held at Malton (North Yorkshire) on Sunday was no exception to that rule.

The race provided some of Maddy’s toughest competition to date .

The race attracting some of the best female riders in the north.

Maddy, who is aged 17, finished in sixth place in her first season, which is a remarkable result.