Scottish Cycling chief hails rise in youth tour female riders

Scottish Cycling chief executive Craig Burn has hailed a surge in entries by female riders for this year’s Youth Tour of Scotland as the governing body continues its drive to attract more women to the sport.

The event, now in its sixth year has seen entries from female riders rise by a fifth.

He said: “We are incredibly pleased to see that the number of girls entering the Youth Tour of Scotland has increased by 20 per cent this year which gives credit to our staff, clubs and volunteers who work hard to promote the sport across the board.

“Women and girls are a focus in our strategic plan, with projects such as Women on2 Wheels and a strengthening Scottish National Women’s Road Series attracting more females into the sport and encouraging girls to continue cycling into their teenage years.

“Scottish Cycling works hard to develop the sport across multiple disciplines and at all levels, from grass roots to the performance development programmes. The Scottish Cycling Youth Tour of Scotland is very much a focal point in not only the National Youth racing calendar, but in our aims of developing the sport too.”

The event, which takes place from April 7-10, is now in its sixth year after being established in 2012 following the success of the 2011 British Inter-Regional Road Championships and has become one of the highest regarded youth events in the UK.

The Youth Tour of Scotland is one of the only residential youth stage races in the UK, offering 140 riders the chance to ride in teams with the support of team managers competing at the highest level on closed roads.

Backed by  Perth & Kinross Council and Strathallan School, the event gives younsters the chance ot socialise with other rides and hear talks from experience coaches and riders compete for individual stage wins, points competition, King & Queen of the mountains, best Scottish rider and team awards across four stages.

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