Scottish Cycling events chief hails Youth Tour success

Elynor Backstedt from Team Wales has won the Youth Tour of Scotland general classification as 150 youth riders took to the roads at Scottish Cycling’s flagship event which saw entries from girls up by a fifth on 2016.

Elynor, daughter of Magnus Backstedt, former professional cyclist who won Paris-Roubaix in 2004, competed strongly, while Abernyte’s Alfie George took the yellow jersey after four stages of tough racing in his own patch.

The Youth Tour of Scotland is a four-day stage race organised by Scottish Cycling for riders aged between 13 and 16 years old. The event which is in its sixth consecutive year has 38 teams competing from all over the UK, Ireland and Isle of Man.

Sarah Macintyre, Events Manager for Scottish Cycling said: “The Youth Tour of Scotland is an event which gets better and better every year and the riders this year have shown some incredible determination, skill and talent. Alfie and Elynor were both very deserving winners.”

Scottish Cycling thanked Perth and Kinross Council, Bridge of Earn Community Council of Forteviot and of Forgandenny,  Forteviot Community and St David’s Village, as well as Strathallan School staff, volunteers and officials. A spokeswomen said: “The Youth Tour of Scotland would not happen without them. We can’t wait for next year already!”

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