Tough start to Tour for Whitby’s Frazer

Great Britain Cycling Team's Frazer Clacherty in action
Great Britain Cycling Team's Frazer Clacherty in action

Whitby’s Great Britain cyclist Frazer Clacherty endured a difficult first stage of the Tour de Yorkshire.

The 18-year-old, who is a former member of Scarborough-based Richardsons Cycle Club, was dismounted following a crash close to the start line in Beverley, breaking his bike in the process.

Undeterred, the youngest rider in the peloton borrowed a bike and managed to finish stage one, though he conceded his day had unfolded in “frustrating” fashion.

“This is the biggest race I have ever been involved in and the worst thing that could have happened, has happened,” he told the Whitby Gazette.

“Another rider crashed near me and his bike snapped, and as a result I hit the deck and smashed my own bike up.

“I didn’t have a spare so I had to borrow one, which had different pedals, so I then had to ride in different shoes to those I am used to.

“Riding pretty much the whole day like that wasn’t ideal. I finished the stage last, by quite a distance, which is frustrating, but I’m just pleased I managed to make it to the end.”

Despite his disappointment at how the 187km stage one journey from Beverley to Settle panned out, Clacherty, who hails from Danby, just outside Whitby, said that he is determined to enjoy the next two days of competition.

“I’ve had a tough first day, but I’m looking forward to the next two, and am hopeful that I can do better,” the former Whitby Community College student said.

“After the start I’ve had, my aim now is just to make it all the way around.

“It would be great if I can get through to the latter stages of the race because on day three the route takes us through Danby where I’m from, and I’m looking forward to riding past my house.”

Clacherty has ridden bikes for as long as he can remember, but got involved in competitive racing at the age of 15 when he joined up with local club Richardsons.

After a series of impressive performances, he was offered a place on the British Cycling Development Programme two years ago and hasn’t looked back.

Despite his involvement with the Great Britain team, Clacherty singled out his involvement in the Tour de Yorkshire as the highlight of his time on two wheels.

“Obviously, I’ve been looking forward to the Tour, it’s the biggest thing I have ever been involved in and I and was really excited in the build-up to the race,” he added.

“I’ve never ridden in front of crowds of this size before, it’s been overwhelming at times and just an incredible experience.”