Scarborough teenager Louise Scupham will be racing against some of her heroines in today’s Tour de Yorkshire women’s race.
Seventeen-year-old Scupham, from Snainton, rides for local club Scarborough Paragon against Olympian and Paralympians including Dame Sarah Storey and Joanna Rowsell, and Commonwealth Games heroine Katie Archibald.
Scupham, a Scarborough College sixth-form student who will contest four laps of a 20km circuit starting on Knavesmire, said: “I was delighted to make it into the field, it is a dream come true to be riding alongside the likes of Dame Sarah Storey.
“I have been riding for around five years for Paragon, but in the past two years have started to take it more seriously.
“I have been competing in a lot of the races based at York Sport this season but this will much tougher as there will be around 100 riders.
“This is the longest race I’ve ever taken part in.
“The races I contest only have about 20 taking part.”
Matrix Fitness have also entered a strong team for the inauguural Tour de Yorkshire women’s race which includes local riders Jessie Walker and Penny Rowson, of Sheffield.
Other riders include Grace Garner and Nicola Juniper in the Giordana Triton Team, as well as Amy Roberts and 2014 National Circuit Race champion Eileen Roe competing for the Wiggle Honda Team.
The first women’s race will start at 10.30am on The Knavesmire.
British Cycling licensed riders from elite, first, second and third categories will contest the women’s race ahead of the start of the men’s second stage.