News of "Coast to Coast" cycling challenge announced

Cycling challenge

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In June 2013 fundraisers will take to their bikes for the 170 mile Way of the Roses cycle challenge to raise money for charity.

Staff, trustees and supporters of local charity Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust (YDMT) will embark upon a cycling challenge, aiming to cross the country from Morecambe to Bridlington over three days.

After dipping their wheels in the Irish Sea, the cyclists will pass through the Lune Valley and into the Yorkshire Dales, taking in some beautiful scenery (and some steep roads!) on their way to Burnsall in Lower Wharfedale where they will spend their first night.

Day two will see the fundraisers passing through Nidderdale, where they will have to tackle the notoriously difficult twisty section of the route around Pateley Bridge, before continuing past Fountains Abbey and on to York.

On the third and final day the route passes through the Vale of York before heading towards the east coast and the finish line where bike wheels (and maybe even the cyclists themselves!) will take a dip in the North Sea at Bridlington to celebrate reaching the end of the challenge.

The cyclists are seeking sponsorship for the challenge they will shortly be undertaking, with all money raised going towards the YDMT Hay Time Appeal.

Through the appeal the YDMT aim to raise £150,000 to continue their vital work protecting and restoring wildflower hay meadows in the Yorkshire Dales, to safeguard the many rare wildlife species they support, and to raise awareness about these incredibly important and scarce habitats.

This epic fundraising challenge is the brainchild of YDMT trustee David Shaw. David said: “Like many people, I am very concerned about the current threat to wildflower hay meadows in the Yorkshire Dales, and the knock-on effects that the decline of this important habitat has had on flowers, pollinating insects and small mammals and birds. I’m pleased to be able to put my passion for Lycra (!) to some use to raise money to support this important work and to give something back to the Yorkshire Dales. After jumping out of a plane from 13,500ft on a fundraising skydive in aid of YDMT a couple of years ago, I felt ready for a new challenge, and decided that the Way of the Roses would provide me with another opportunity to enjoy the breath-taking scenery of this part of the world – albeit at a slightly more sedate pace this time !”

David will be joined by some of the staff and supporters of YDMT during the course of the 170 mile challenge, and the cyclists plan to stop off to see some of the many projects along the route that the Trust has supported and helped to make possible over the last sixteen years.

To sponsor the team and support the YDMT Hay Time Appeal please call YDMT on UK 015242 51002 or visit the YDMT donation page at https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/ydmtroses

[N.B. Please mention the Eagle Intermedia Yorkshire Dales website when making your enquiries.]

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[News item based on press release supplied by the The Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust, posted May 2013.]


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