Yorkshire Michelin star restaurant launches a pro cycling taster special

Simon Gueller, executive chef at the Box Tree, Ilkley, leads riders from the NFTO pro team through Ilkley.
Simon Gueller, executive chef at the Box Tree, Ilkley, leads riders from the NFTO pro team through Ilkley.
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Cyclists are being invited on one of a trio of fundraising rides - with legendary pros and a Michelin starred chef - which ends with a top notch meal.

Simon Gueller, executive chef at the award-winning Box Tree restaurant in Ilkley, is hoping riders will join him and Yorkshire cycling stars on 70mile rides around the area followed by Box Tree meals on May 20, 27 and June 3.

Simon Gueller with riders from the NFTO pro team at the Box Tree, in Ilkley.

Simon Gueller with riders from the NFTO pro team at the Box Tree, in Ilkley.

The 50-year-old is fundraising for the Cure Leukaemia charity so he can take part in ex-England footballer and leukaemia survivor Geoff Thomas’ Le Tour - One Day Ahead ride of every stage of the 3,300km Tour de France a day before the pros from July 3 to 25.

The likes of NFTO pro Tom Barras, his dad and former British national champion road racer Sid Barras, Paralympic gold medallist David Stone MBE, the Downing brothers and ex-Tour de France rider Malcolm Elliott will take part.

Mr Gueller only took up the sport five years ago after recovering from a noncancerous growth on his spine, which led to surgery and rehab. He was inspired by Thomas’ book.

He said: “I’m training really hard for the challenge but thinking about the great work delivered by Cure Leukaemia is great motivation.”

This year marks 10 years since Thomas rode the length of the 2005 Tour, despite having only gone into remission six months prior.

Tom Barras, who took part in the Tour de Yorkshire this month, added: “I’m sure that Simon has the fitness, drive, attitude and determination to complete this mission.”

To take part in one of the all star rides participants must raise at least £500, which will go to Cure Leukaemia. Email rena@theboxtree.co.uk or visit uk.virginmoneygiving.com/simongueller for information.

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