Charity bike challenge looks to Dales route to pull in more pounds

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A SPONSORED bike ride which has raised thousands of pounds for charity since it was first held five years ago is to get an exciting new route.

Pedal For Pounds, organised by Yorkshire Cancer Research, has traditionally been held at Harewood House, Leeds and The Great Outdoors, near Doncaster, with a choice of a 25 or 50-mile route.

But this year organisers have combined both events to create a challenging 62-mile circular bike ride through the Yorkshire Dales, starting and finishing at Ilkley Rugby Club.

Participants will weave their way through the hills and valleys of the Dales to Masham and back, passing by Leighton and Gouthwaite Reservoirs and Bolton Abbey.

Emma Young, head of events at Yorkshire Cancer Research, said: “Pedal For Pounds has always been a very popular and successful fund-raising event raising thousands of pounds for our research into cancer, so this year we’ve decided to step things up and create an even more challenging bike ride.

“We’re really excited about our new base in Ilkley and our new route, which will take our participants through some beautiful countryside.

“We hope that our past participants and new supporters will join us for what will be a fantastic day out.”

The entry fee is £18 and includes an event T-shirt, fund-raising pack, training guide, en-route refreshments and finisher’s certificate and medal.

The ride takes place on August 12. To enter, visit