50 miles for 50 years: University of Bradford’s Cycle Sportive


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HOTSPOT: Yorkshire has become a hub for cycling ever since the Grand Depart of the 2014 Tour de France took place in the county

HOTSPOT: Yorkshire has become a hub for cycling ever since the Grand Depart of the 2014 Tour de France took place in the county

The University of Bradford has launched its Cycle Sportive - 50 miles for 50 years.

The cycle ride has been organised to raise funds for the 50th Anniversary Scholarship Appeal at the University of Bradford, and is being run in partnership with Cycling 4 All and British Cycling.

Participants can choose from two routes. The first is a 50-mile, challenging entry level Sportive suitable for keen cyclists and those who have completed some training to prepare for the challenge.

This route includes parts of the 2014 Tour de France and the 2015 Tour de Yorkshire routes.

The alternative route is an easier 50 kilometre challenge with fewer hills, suitable for all cycling enthusiasts who have completed some basic training in preparation for the challenge.

Adam Tasker, project coordinator for Choices 4 All at the Students' Union who was awarded an MBE in the Queen’s birthday honours for services to higher education and access to sport said: “I am delighted to be organising Bradford’s first event Cycle Sportive. Bradford is ideally located. The two Sportive routes encompass some of the most scenic urban and rural locations in the area. Bradford has a tremendous cycling heritage. This event will build on that heritage and provide an exciting challenge for cyclists of all abilities.

“I hope cycling clubs, staff and students, our alumni and friends of the University will support this Sportive which is part of our 50th Anniversary celebrations.”

The Sportive is a one-day cycling event which will take place on Sunday 25th September departing outside the Richmond Building on the main University campus.

The 50 mile route will start and finish at the University of Bradford’s City Campus.

The Sportive will start between 7.30am and 8am and is expected to take between five and seven hours to complete.

To register and take part, visit http://www.bradford.ac.uk/giving-to-bradford/make-a-difference/cycle-sportive/

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