ONE of Yorkshire’s top cycling professionals has backed a charity bike ride through Collingham and Harewood which raises £30,000 for world-class cancer research, treatment and diagnosis projects throughout the region every year.
Emma Silversides, who currently stars as principal rider of the Belgium-based Sengers Ladies Cycling Team, is encouraging keen cyclists from across the county to take part in Yorkshire Cancer Research’s ‘Pedal for Pounds North’ bike ride, which takes place on Sunday, September 4.
Now in its fifth year, the popular event invites participants to choose from a 25-mile ride from Harewood House to Collingham and back, or a 50-mile route which extends to Otley and includes stunning views of Lindley Wood Reservoir.
Emma, from Cawood, North Yorkshire, is a talented artist and has donated six signed prints of famous cyclists such as Graeme Obree and Marco Pantani to give away as a competition prize.
She has also donated 100 prints featuring former cancer-sufferer Lance Armstrong during a stage of the Tour de France when he was in the leader’s jersey, worth nearly £3,000, which will be sold on the charity’s website.
Emma, who lost her grandfather to cancer, said: “I know for sure that I am not alone when I say that I lost a precious family member to cancer; I think that it is fair to say that everyone has been touched by this disease in one way or another.
“Therefore I wholeheartedly support Pedal for Pounds; what better way to raise money for this worthy cause than getting out on your bike and enjoying the stunning scenery that our county offers. “Pedal for Pounds goes some way to replicating this and I hope that through participating you can discover the pleasures of this fantastic sport while simultaneously supporting a very worthy charity.”
Emma Young, Head of Events at Yorkshire Cancer Research, said: “We are delighted that one of Yorkshire’s best cyclists has chosen to support our Pedal for Pounds event. With Emma’s help, we hope to achieve a record number of entries for this year’s bike ride and raise even more for our life-saving work.”
Entry to Pedal for Pounds costs £18 and all participants will receive a sponsorship pack, training guide, T-shirt, certificate and medal. Refreshments will be provided en route and following the event.
All sponsorship raised will go towards developing new scientific knowledge that will save lives through earlier diagnosis, prevention, and better treatment of cancer.
To enter, visit www.ycr.org.uk/pedal.