When it comes to gearing up for charity, these West Yorkshire police officers are hard to beat.
Dozens of officers – joined by members of the public - are set to hop into the saddle this summer to raise funds for the Jane Tomlinson Appeal and the Yorkshire Air Ambulance.
They will tackle the Round the Beat cycle ride – a 100K tour around the boundary of the North East Leeds police division.
Up to 300 people are expected to take part in the event on Sunday June 16, which is backed by British Cycling.
They will be joined by Mike Tomlinson, the husband of Jane Tomlinson, who completed a series of epic challenges despite being diagnosed with incurable cancer.
Entrants will be encouraged to raise sponsorship which will be split between the Jane Tomlinson Appeal and the Yorkshire Air Ambulance.
The latter is in tribute to late West Yorkshire Police colleague PC Tony Sweeney, who died in December.
This year’s event, which sets off from Stainbeck Police Station, follows a successful debut last year in which almost 60 people took part.
The Round the Beat Cycling Sportive was the brainchild of police sergeant Dave Holden, with help from his fellow North East Leeds colleagues Sgt Mark Atkin and Sgt Darren Beech.
Sgt Holden said: “It is a challenging route through fantastic scenery. I’m proud to be raising money for Yorkshire Air Ambulance and the Jane Tomlinson Appeal without whose support this event would not be possible.”
Details at: www.britishcycling.org.uk/events/details/85700/Round-the-Beat-Cycle-Sportive-2013