Home roads: Riding with the Yates brothers's first club

We head out for a spin with Bury Clarion, the club at which both Yates brothers first turned a crank in earnest, to trace the origins of our new Grand Tour stars

(Image credit: Daniel Gould)

Rolling up to the family-owned, cycling-themed Drop Off Cafe in Edenfield just north of Bury, it is clear the passion for the sport is alive and well. A bright yellow steed perched upon the cafe’s sign invites both bike and rider into the cafe’s confines to shelter from the brisk autumnal conditions.

As a gaggle of Bury Clarion riders stride in to get their pre-ride coffee, wearing a mish-mash of the old and new club kit, they discuss the fortunes of Manchester’s two football clubs from the night before. Nevertheless, it’s the success of two local cyclists who have reached the pinnacle of the sport that is the reason why we have descended on Ramsbottom just north of the town that the young Yates brothers resided in.

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Paul Knott is a fitness and features writer, who has also presented Cycling Weekly videos as well as contributing to the print magazine as well as online articles.  In 2020 he published his first book, The Official Tour de France Road Cycling Training Guide (Welbeck), a guide designed to help readers improve their cycling performance via cherrypicking from the strategies adopted by the pros.