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CTC's Tejesh Mistry says 'Let's build on the success that has already been achieved in cycling'

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CTC Development Manager Tejesh Mistry was invited to join in the coverage of the Tour de France yesterday as a guest on Sky News to reflect on the impact Tour and Olympic fever has had at grass roots level for cycling.
CTC Development Manager Tejesh Mistry on Sky News
CTC Development Manager Tejesh Mistry on Sky News

Tejesh is CTC's South East Development Manager, working with CTC's cycling development team in Essex, Hampshire and the Chilterns.

Tejesh spoke from a personal view point of seeing an increased number of parents bringing their children along to local cycling events and activities since Sir Bradley became the first British winner last year.

The interview, just hours before British cyclist Chris Froome won the 100th Tour de France touched on the opportunities in the community for people of all ages.

Meanwhile Froome's own childhood mentor - David Kinjah - had been speaking on Radio Five about how Chris Froome's mother had introduced him to cycling in Kenya at the age of 12.

Even though we don't see each other so much any more he has lived my dreams. He is wearing the yellow jersey every day and I almost felt like I was wearing it myself.

David Kinjah

Kinjah quickly became Froome's mentor and they trained together, mountain biking in the rural highlands north of Nairobi. For the last three weeks Kinjah has been following Froome's progress in arguably the world's most gruelling sporting event after buying a satellite television package and recording every stage of the Tour.

Kinjah remembers Froome, who was born in Kenya after his grandparents emigrated there from Gloucestershire to run a crop farm, as a fun-loving teenager who loved riding bikes.

"My first impression of Chris Froome was just another young kid whose parents wanted to pay me some money to teach their boy," said Kinjah but added he soon found out the teenager was from an ordinary background "Chris was quickly becoming one of us and he loved to be in the village with us "

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