Gearing up for Wetherby Tour

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A bike shop owner is urging people to sadle up for the first Community Tour de Wetherby just days before the Yorkshire Grand Depart arrives in the area.

Dean Buckle of Wetherby Bike Shack is organising a 4.7-mile sponsored ride, with a host of other attractions in aid of Clifford-based Martin House Children’s Hospice.

Dean said: “We are hoping that, because of the distance, this will appeal to families as we need to raise as much money as possible for this great local charity.”

The event, on Sunday June 22, starts and finishes at Kirk Deighton Rangers Seniors FC Ground at 11am and riders will be set off by the town’s MP Alec Shelbrooke.

At the launch of the ride Mr Shelbrooke said: “I am proud to be involved in the Tour de Wetherby as we aim to raise thousands of pounds for Martin House.

“It is important to work with the community for the community.”

Sarah Tarpey from Martin House said: “I am delighted that Dean Buckle of The Bike Shack is organising Wetherby’s very own version of Yorkshire’s Le Grand Depart, the “Community Tour de Wetherby”.

“However, this isn’t a gruelling event for elite cyclists; It’s for children and adults of all ages and abilities. It is less than a five-mile route along scenic cycle paths and country lanes, so the whole family can take part and enjoy getting into the spirit of the Tour de France!”

As well as stalls and entertainment there is a chance to win one of four £600 bikes. For entry - £5 single and £15 family - and draw tickets contact Dean at 01937 588944.