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Scarborough Cycling Centenarian Gearing Up For Tour de Yorkshire

Stanley Chadwick

A 100 year old avid cycling fan from Scarborough is gearing up for this year’s Tour de Yorkshire by showing you’re never too old to enjoy life on two wheels.

With the help of an assisted cycle, Scarborough resident, Stanley Chadwick, known as Stan, ‘cycled’ along Scarborough’s stunning North Bay today and crossed what will be the finish line of Stage Three of this year’s Tour de Yorkshire in the process.

Stan was guest of honour of Scarborough and Ryedale Community Cycling, an active local organisation, which provides cycling opportunities for everyone, including those with mobility issues. He was joined by a host of other cycling enthusiasts, eager to show that the pleasures of cycling shouldn't be limited to the able bodied.

A great supporter of Tour de Yorkshire, Stan sat outside his nursing home with a cup of tea waving his Tour de Yorkshire banner last year as the riders raced past during Stage One of the inaugural race. It was a spectacle he never dreamt he would ever experience and he is very excited to welcome the race back to Scarborough on Sunday 1 May.

Stan, who has been riding a bike since the age of eleven and has never owned a car, is the co-founder of Scarborough Paragon Cycling Club, which he set up in 1953 with two friends, Len Raine and Ken Atkins. Sadly, Len and Ken are no longer around to share in the success of the club, but Stan remains very much involved as its Honorary Life President and only surviving founder member.

His lifelong passion for the two-wheeled pastime began in earnest when he joined Scarborough based Eagle Touring Club at the age of sixteen and enrolled with the Scarborough and District Cycling Club the following year. His first competitive time trial race covered 25 miles from Beverley to Driffield and back in the Hull and East Riding Road Club event. Stan always relished getting out into the countryside on two wheels inthe company of other cyclists.

He had a stint away from the Yorkshire coast living in Surrey and Leicestershire but his heart never left Scarborough and he returned to the town in 1948. Stan actively raced until well into his eighties and enjoyed his last social ride at the age of 90. One of his last races,at the age of 85, was in the City Road Club Grand Prix de Gentlemen 2-up team time trial on 23 September 2001, when he clocked up an impressive time of 34 minutes 25 seconds.

Up until recent years Stan was an avid reader of all cycling publications, newspapers, sports reports and books, keeping up to date with all the modern trends and developments in the sport, although for someone who worked in engineering for a lot of his life, he admits: “I can’t quite get my head around carbon fibre!”

Stan recalls that he has “only been a medium rider all his life” and “was never a star or anything like that.” Modesty aside, friends and members of Scarborough Paragon Cycling Club say Stan has contributed an enormous amount to the club throughout the years, encouraging and inspiring other members through his in depth knowledge of the sport, generosity of spirit, humour and wisdom. Even today, he always welcomes visitors and phone calls for a chat and reflection on cycling days past and present.

Paying tribute to Stan, Sir Gary Verity, Chief Executive of Welcome to Yorkshire said:
“Stan is a truly remarkable man who has lived an equally remarkable life. He embodies the spirit of the Tour de Yorkshire and is a great example of how cycling can enrich people’s lives. He is an inspiration to us all.”

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