SUPPORTERS of Ryedale Special Families are hoping to top the £10,000 mark when they take on the Yorkshire Wolds Cycle Challenge.
The third annual fundraiser, one of the charity’s major money spinners, is inviting cyclists of all ages and standards to pedal the 146 miles over two days later this year.
And such has been the success of the cause that organisers can now bank on three new sponsors to help them with their support for the Old Malton-based charity which looks after children with disabilities and special needs as well as their families.
Pickering’s Big Bear Bikes, Escada Systems, of Swinton Grange, and Inntravel, which is based near Castle Howard, have all agreed to become involved, along with Wold Top Brewery which will brew a special ale to help refresh the cyclists at the halfway overnight stop.
Rob Davies, funding co-ordinator for Ryedale Special Families, said: “The Cycle Challenge has already become a significant contributor towards our annual funding target.
“For the first two years we were lucky enough to have the backing of Vion Foods and we can’t thank them enough for helping us get the event off the ground. “This year we’re hoping to build on the success of the event and we’re absolutely delighted that these well-known local companies have agreed to support the challenge which has already become an important fixture within Ryedale’s sporting calendar.
He added: “Following the amazing success of the Olympics we know there’s been a huge increase in the number of people taking up cycling and we hope to attract some of those and persuade them to use the next six months to train up and take part in a fantastic event, which will give them an amazing sense of achievement.”
This year’s Cycle Challenge will take place on the weekend of July 13 and 14.
Cyclists start and finish at Norton College and follow the blue signs of the Yorkshire Wolds Cycle Route.
Each day sees 73 miles of cycling, mainly along the quiet country lanes around the stunningly beautiful Yorkshire Wolds with an overnight stop at Hutton Cranswick where a BBQ, bar, live music and masseur await.
Entries are open to cyclists of all ages and abilities.
Cyclists choose their start time depending on their ability.
The slowest riders can set off at 8am with one of the organisers “Guardian Angels.” Mechanical support is also provided, and there are designated refreshment stops along the way.
Participants pay an initial entry fee of £30 with under 16’s free, Each rider is asked to raise a minimum amount of sponsorship of £50.
Full details as well as a copy of the route, a training guide and an online Entry Form, can be found on the website www.yorkshirewoldscyclechallenge.org.uk