Cyclists are ready to hit the road in memory of late Leeds teenager

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Hundreds of people will get on their bikes this weekend in memory of a talented Leeds cycle ace whose life was cruelly cut short at the age of 15.

Around 1,000 cyclists are expected to take part in the fifth annual Lewis Barry fundraising memorial bike ride on Sunday.

Lewis died in his sleep at his family’s home in Garforth in 2010 after his heart suddenly stopped beating.

The Garforth Academy student had been cycling seriously since he was 11 and was tipped to make the Great Britain team when he was older.

This weekend’s ride will follow a 50-mile course that starts and ends at Lotherton Hall, at Aberford in east Leeds.

Based on one of Lewis’s favourite training routes, it will also take in places such as Church Fenton, Cawood, Bramham and Thorner.

Team Sky cycling stars Ben Swift and Josh Edmondson will be among those participating in the event, which is called Spadger’s Memorial Ride after Lewis’s nickname.

Funds raised will be split between two charities – The Dave Rayner Fund, which supports young cyclists, and Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY).

Lewis’s dad, Mark Barry, said: “The number of people who turn out for this every year is just incredible.

“That’s the thing about cycling – it’s a real community and they want to come together for a good cause.

“We’ll have every type of rider there, from international racing cyclists enjoying some well-deserved downtime to young boys and girls having a fun day out. It’s always heartwarming to see and experience.”

Last year’s event made headlines when Tour de France winner Sir Bradley Wiggins found space in his packed schedule to drop by, spending an hour speaking to people taking part.

For further information about this year’s ride, visit the www.lewisbarry.co.uk website.

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