Off-road cycle challenge set to raise thousands for charity

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Some of North Yorkshire’s most breathtaking landscapes will provide a scenic backdrop for an off-road Coast to Coast cycle ride which is set to raise over £20,000 for Marie Curie Cancer Care.

Cycling experts, Purple Mountain, launched the 2012 challenge at York’s historic Minster yesterday and revealed the ride would end at Sandsend, near Whitby, with a celebratory gala dinner at Raithwaite Hall.

They are calling upon local cyclists to join them for a weekend of fun on June 22 to 24 to raise much-needed funds to support the Marie Curie nursing service. Starting at Grange over Sands, in Cumbria, the course follows undulating off-road routes and cycle trails, enabling riders to pass through the rural area of Southern Lakeland and on to the picturesque Yorkshire Dales and moors, ending by the sea at Sandsend.

Cheryl Barrett, area fundraising manager for Marie Curie, said: “We are very grateful to the team at Purple Mountain for the colossal amount of time and effort they give to ensure each rider enjoys a personal sense of achievement and ultimate team camaraderie.”

The guided challenge costs £60 to register, followed by a one-off fee to cover accommodation and food. Cyclists can learn more about the event at an open evening at Kennedy’s Bar, York, at 7pm next Thursday.