Barnsley nutritionist backs Star campaign ahead of Tour’s Sheffield visit

Team Sky nutritionist Nigel Mitchell.
Team Sky nutritionist Nigel Mitchell.
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The man who feeds the Britain’s top bike racing team is backing The Star’s Let’s Get Cycling campaign.

Nigel Mitchell – who is employed by Team Sky to keep stars such as Tour de France winners Chris Froome and Sir Bradley Wiggins fuelled – believes cycling is a sport for everyone.

And you will not need to be fed the 7,000 to 8,000 calories Sky’s head nutritionist supplies his cyclists with before a mountain stage of the Tour, which this year startsin Yorkshire.

The race will arrive in Sheffield on Sunday, July 6, as stage two sees riders head from York to the Steel City.

Nigel, aged 47 and from Barnsley, said: “I’m healthcare professional. I’ve worked as an academic in exercise and health.

“So, for me, cycling is unique compared to other sports, because it is a sport people can do right through their life to a level they’re comfortable at.

“You can cycle right into your 70s and 80s and at your own leisure.

“With a sport like boxing, you’d struggle to be boxing until you’re 70, but cycling is one of these sports that really supports the public health message we are trying to put across as well.”

Let’s Get Cycling is a chance for everyone to embrace the spirit of Le Tour.

We want everyone – from families to school staff, business and community leaders – to tell us why people should get on their bikes.

Contact us with your stories and let us encourage others to get in the saddle too.

n Residents in the Peak District are being asked to give their views on cycling to shape future plans, routes and infastructure.

Visit to take part.