Intrepid explorers who have travelled the world on two wheels hope to inspire cycling fans to saddle up during a high octane event when the Tour de France comes to town.
A handful of the world’s finest adventurers, who have tackled feats including riding from the edge of the Antarctic to the South Pole, will talk during the Night of Adventure in aid of the Hope and Homes for Children charity at the Yorkshire Festival of Cycling at Harewood House on July 5.
The event will take place on the same day that the world’s greatest cyclists tackle the 190km Leeds to Harrogate stage one of the Tour de France Grand Depart, which will ceremonially start at Harewood.
Among the speakers to be given just six-and-a-half minutes to present their journeys will be Alastair Humphreys, originally from Ayrton in the Yorkshire Dales, who spent four years cycling around the world.
The 37-year-old told the YEP: “My friends in the adventuring world don’t tend to have huge amounts of cash but have plenty of good stories so this is a great, entertaining way to help Hope and Homes for Children.”
He will be joined by speakers including a woman who cycled around all 50 states in the USA, a man with a plan to cycle 500miles to the highest point in the UK and Will Hodson, who aims to become the first person to cycle 30,000km around the planet wearing a superhero costume.
Alastair, who recently cycled the first stage of the Tour de France, said: “The route is really beautiful and I think it’s going to be an amazing advert for Yorkshire.
“It was longer and harder than I had imagined and trying to do that day after day for weeks is pretty crazy.
“Cycling is such a brilliant way of covering good distances and seeing different places.”
The Night of Adventure comes as the Yorkshire Evening Post encourages people to get on their bikes and embrace the cycling legacy of the Tour de France through our multimedia Let’s Get Cycling campaign.
Our cycling push is backed by the likes of reigning Tour champion Chris Froome and cycling stars Ed Clancy, Lizzie Armitstead and Chris Boardman.
For £15 tickets to the Night of Adventure, where all funds raised go to charity, call 01722 790111 or visit www.nightofadventure.co.uk.
Doors open at 6.30pm, with the first talk starting at 7pm.