GALLERY: Never mind the Tour de France - here’s an uphill task for cyclists

As the 100th Tour de France got under way, there was some full-blooded cycling action closer to home in the shape of Southdown Velo’s first youth time trial.

The Chichester club’s event took place up the one-mile Knights Hill climb near Charlton, just north of Goodwood racecourse.

Fred Worthington reaches the finishing line in the Southdown Velo Cycling Club's time-trial dash up Knight's Hill  Picture by Chris Hatton

Fred Worthington reaches the finishing line in the Southdown Velo Cycling Club's time-trial dash up Knight's Hill Picture by Chris Hatton

Thirteen riders took to the course - and as you can see from our gallery of pictures by Chris Hatton, they all had a good go at it and enjoyed themselves.

For a full report and pictures, and details of how new youngsters are being given the chance to give cycling a go, get the Observer - out on Thursday.