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Wheels in motion: Tour de Yorkshire host venues announced

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SPOKE-TACLE: Millions of people watched the 2016 edition of the Tour de Yorkshire in person and on television

SPOKE-TACLE: Millions of people watched the 2016 edition of the Tour de Yorkshire in person and on television

Bradford has been selected as one of eight hosts for the 2017 Tour de Yorkshire, meaning the city will either stage a start or finish during the third edition of the now annual race.

Over two million people turned out earlier this year to cheer on cyclists on the winding Yorkshire roads, while 11.4 million others watched on screens around the world.

With £60 million brought to the local economy via the race this year alone, Bradford’s political and community leaders praised the city’s involvement in next year’s May route.

Businessman, Amjad Pervez, of Seafresh and Breakthrough Bradford, said: “Anything that gives a positive image to Yorkshire and the Leeds City Region is good news.

“The Tour de Yorkshire is a sporting event as well as a publicity event. It will bring an economic benefit to the region, a health benefit, and everyone can join in – business, schools, you name it, so it’s a no brainer.

“I would say to everyone, ‘let’s join in, let’s make it successful’ and in that success there will be multiplier effect to the economy so we will all benefit.’”

Organisers from Welcome to Yorkshire made the announcement on Tuesday 25th October, with Bridlington, Fox Valley in Sheffield, Harrogate, Tadcaster and Scarborough also included as hosts.

A women’s race, set to be held on Saturday 29th April, will also be included in the event line-up.

SUPPORT: Amjad Pervez says the city should get behind the Tour de Yorkshire as it benefits the whole community

SUPPORT: Amjad Pervez says the city should get behind the Tour de Yorkshire as it benefits the whole community

Sir Gary Verity, Chief Executive of Welcome to Yorkshire, said: “In just two years, the Tour de Yorkshire has become one of the biggest and best races on the professional cycling calendar. Riders are overwhelmed by the support they receive on the roadside and the racing is among the most exciting you will see all season.

“The third edition will continue that progression and the attention it receives will be greater than ever given that we have just succeeded in bringing the UCI Road World Championships to the county in 2019.

“The world's best cyclists will be using the 2017 Tour de Yorkshire as a first dress rehearsal for that and we're planning a course that will challenge and impress them in equal measure.

“I'm delighted the race will visit all four corners of the county and all six host towns will put on a brilliant show.”

The three-day men’s race is set to begin on Friday 28th April next year, concluding on Sunday 30th April.

The future of cycling certainly looks bright in the county, with Yorkshire also set to stage the UCI Road World Championships in 2019.

Handlebar heroes! Spoke-tacular achievement as 20 charity cyclists ride 92 miles in two days

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ON YER BIKES!: Adventurous cyclists rode from Bradford to Scarborough in support of Marie Curie Hospice in Bradford

ON YER BIKES!: Adventurous cyclists rode from Bradford to Scarborough in support of Marie Curie Hospice in Bradford

A team of 20 brave cyclists completed a two day sponsored bike ride from Bradford to Scarborough last weekend in an effort to raise funds for the local Marie Curie Hospice.

The event was part of ongoing fundraising efforts being coordinated by the local mosque, Madni Masjid, in West Bowling, who are hoping to raise a phenomenal total of £12,000 in support of the charity.

The mosque is one of the latest organisations to sign up to be part of the charity’s ‘Pay For A Day Appeal’ and are aiming to raise enough to fund two days of the Bradford Hospice running costs.

It costs Marie Curie £5,562 every day to cover the running costs of the Hospice and the support of the community is invaluable in ensuring that the charity is able to continue to provide vital care and support through terminal illness in Bradford.

The two days that Madni Masjid have chosen to dedicate their fundraising efforts to are Eid ul Fitr and Eid ul Adh on the 6th July and 11th September 2016.

Dedicated fundraiser, and one of the cyclists taking part in the challenge, Rifaqat Ali, explains his reasons for helping to arrange the cycle challenge.

DEDICATION: Some cyclists hadn’t been on a bicycle for two years but this did not deter them from completing the challenge

DEDICATION: Some cyclists hadn’t been on a bicycle for two years but this did not deter them from completing the challenge

He said: “‘Family, friends and members of the community have been cared for at the Marie Curie hospice in Bradford. All were well looked after and nothing was too much for the friendly, supportive and caring staff.

“The hospice provides a fantastic service to the community. Thanks to support from our local mosque, Madni Masjid, and other mosques in Bradford, we are aiming to sponsor the hospice over the two annual Eid days.

Rifaqat said the ride went ‘really well’ and explained the exhausting route cyclists completed in just 48 hours.

He continued: “We had 20 riders that took part from the ages of 20 to myself - who’s 55. They all completed the ride over two days which included 92 miles along country lanes, the Leeds Liverpool canal and the coast.”

It wasn’t all smooth cycling for the group, as a couple of fundraisers suffered bruising after falling from their bikes on the bumpy country trails, but thankfully there were no serious injuries.

Rifaqat added: “A few people in the team hadn’t been on a bicycle for over two years so it was a great achievement for them.”

WHEELS ON FIRE: The group will eventually raise £12,000

WHEELS ON FIRE: The group will eventually raise £12,000

Liz Howlett, Fundraising Manager in Yorkshire for Marie Curie, said: “A huge thanks to everyone who took part in the cycle ride from Bradford to Scarborough last weekend in support of the fundraising efforts of Madni Masjid and the surrounding community.

“We hear that they all had a fantastic time on a ride that was well organised with a great sense of team spirit as they supported each other to complete the challenge.

“Thank you too to all those involved in the ambitious overall project to raise £12,000 in support of the Hospice as part of our Pay For A Day appeal.”