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Yorkshire crowds have Great Britain para-athlete on cloud nine

Yorkshire crowds have Great Britain para-athlete on cloud nine

Published at 10:22pm 23rd September 2019. (Updated at 9:40am 24th September 2019)

Great Britain para-athlete Mel Nicholls is full of praise following Saturday's Yorkshire 2019 para-cycling international.

  • Paralympic finalist at both London 2012 and Rio 2016
  • Took up handcycling in 2016
  • First time that the UK has hosted the para-cycling international alongside the UCI Road World Championship.
  • Get up to speed on Yorkshire 2019 via Stray FM's blog.

Mel Nicholls took part in the handcycling H1-H4 women's class on Saturday from Wetherby to Harrogate and came second across the line in front of a raucous crowd which Mel likened to London 2012.

"Everything about it; it was like a proper stage race for us para-cyclists, it was phenomenal" beamed Mel as she caught up with Stray FM's Pete Egerton.


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Mel holds the record for handcycling from Lands' end to John o' Groats, but described the feeling she got from the Yorkshire crowds pushing her on during Saturday's event as being even more-so on cloud nine.

Mel finished in second behind fellow Brit Karen Darke but said that given the atmosphere, everyone felt like a winner.

After the excitement and success of the para-cycling international, Mel will now turn her attention to the wheelchair marathon season and is aiming to feature in the New York marathon later this year, we wish her well.


Listen to the full chat with Mel