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Paralympian hero takes on New Year's Day cyclocross

Gold medal-winning Paralympian cyclist Steve Bate is set to take part in the popular New Year’s Day Novacross cyclocross event, at Conynham Hall in Knaresborough.

Paralympic champion Steve Bate

Steve, who is visually impaired, won two gold medals in this year’s Rio Paralympics, and will be competing on a tandem with renowned cycling journalist and mountain bike tester Guy Kesteven in today's race to raise funds for sight-loss charity Henshaws in Harrogate.

The duo will be competing in the novice Go-Cross race which is being introduced for the first time in the 2017 event by the organisers, the Harrogate Nova Cycling Club, as a way of encouraging complete beginners to try cyclocross.

Steve’s participation is particularly fitting as the club has partnered with Henshaws in Harrogate for the event, to help raise £1,000 for a new bike rack and shelter for students at the charity’s Specialist College

The Go-Cross race gets underway at 10am with laps of a two and a half kilometre course through the grounds of Conynham Hall before the children’s races at 11am and then the headline cyclocross races from midday onwards.

Since the first event in 2014, the New Year’s Day cyclocross race has virtually doubled the number of entrants to become one of the largest fixtures in the UK, attracting a strong field of nearly 700 competitors and over a thousand spectators.

“Having Steve competing in our event is a real coup as he is an absolute legend in British cycling and an inspiration to anybody who is facing a challenge in sport or life in general.

"Steve has just an 8% field of vision, and I think we can all take inspiration from his participation in NovaCross.

“One of our key aims is to encourage newcomers into the sport. "This is why we’ve introduced the race for novices so they can find out just how much fun and excitement there is in cyclocross racing which is one of the fastest growing cycling disciplines in the UK.

“Hosting an event that sits on the sport’s international calendar is a real coup for Knaresborough and we hope to see the race’s stature grow in years to come. "Hopefully the race will support tourism in Knaresborough and bring many visitors to the town.”

– Steve Smales, race director

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Man wanted in connection with burglaries in North Yorkshire

Police have appealed for information about a man wanted in connection with two burglaries in North Yorkshire.

Credit: North Yorkshire Police

Ryan Mulvaney is wanted following incidents in Harrogate and Knaresborough.

The first burglary happened in Stonefall Avenue, Harrogate on 2 November. Sometime between 4pm and 5pm, an offender entered the property via an insecure door and a purse containing numerous bank cards was stolen.

The second burglary, police say, happened on 8 November in High Street, Knaresborough. The offender entered the property via an insecure door and a handbag containing a purse was stolen.

Anyone who saw any suspicious people or activity in the area around the times of these burglaries is asked to contact police.

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Man, 22, hurt in motorhomes crash

Road closed for four hours

Police are appealing for witnesses after a 22-year-old man was seriously injured in a collision between a car and two motorhomes near Knaresborough.

It happened yesterday lunchtime on the B6165 Ripley Road between Ripley and Knaresborough, at the junction with Havikil Lane near Scotton.

The occupants of a blue Daewoo - a 22-year-old man from Ripon and an 18-year-old woman from Knaresborough - were cut free from the wreckage. The man was airlifted to Leeds General Infirmary where he remains in a serious but stable condition. The woman was released from hospital after treatment.

The occupants of the two motorhomes were uninjured. Anyone who witnessed the collision or saw any of the vehicles prior to the crash is asked to contact North Yorkshire Police.

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