On Friday 28th April, as the riders in the Tour de Yorkshire were preparing to set off from Bridlington to Scarborough, we were also warming up for our Charity Cycle Challenge.
We wanted to raise as much as possible for Yorkshire Cancer Research, who do such vital work to tackle cancer, support early diagnosis and encourage people to adopt a healthy lifestyle.
Our static cycle challenge was based in the centre of Harrogate, where over 30 riders from local businesses enthusiastically volunteered to each cover 5.5km as fast as they could. The aim was to ‘race’ the Tour de Yorkshire riders to the finish line, covering 173km in less time than they were able to complete the route.
We were fortunate on the day to have perfect conditions for a bike ride. We also had a lot of encouragement from shoppers and other passers-by, who showed their support for the cause.
We didn’t quite make it to the finishing line before Dylan Groenewegen won the first stage of the Tour de Yorkshire in Scarborough – but we weren’t far behind. We completed the total distance in 4 hours 48 minutes – not bad for a team of amateur riders!
It was a fantastic day which saw not only our team pull together, but lots of our contacts and clients joining us too. The support from the wider community was also invaluable in keeping us going as the kilometres racked up.
We were very grateful for the support provided by:
Feather Smailes and Scales, The Academy Health Club and Spa, 4 Urban, Topping Engineers, Absolute, Azure, Chuffin Puffin, HACS, LCF, Square Feet, Raworths, Ian Bath Planning, Pegasus, Rushbond, Beckwith Knowle Dev., McAlpines, Yorparks, GMI, S Harrison Developments all joining us to do a stint on the bike and bring us closer to our target.
Thanks to all for helping us to raise money for such a brilliant cause.
Picture by photographer Jonathan Pow photographer.