Cyclists beat torrential rain to complete the inaugural Yorkshire Pedalthon

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WHEN the Tour de France arrives in Yorkshire later this summer, organisers hope the riders will compete under cloudless skies.

Yesterday, hundreds of determined charity cyclists encountered the more familiar face of the British summer.

However, the torrential rain couldn’t stop the Carter Jonas Yorkshire Pedalthon from raising thousands of pounds for a service that saves lives. Organisers described the inaugural ‘networking on wheels’ event from Carter Jonas as a rip-roaring success.

The riders got the chance of completing part of the official Grand Depart route along the way. Almost 300 riders tackled either the 80 mile Yorkshire Challenge or the 40 mile Yorkshire scenic route, as part of the Yorkshire Post-backed event.

The Yorkshire Challenge riders had to conquer several hills, including the Kidstones Pass, which saw them climb 6,000ft in total. The riders raised money for the Yorkshire Air Ambulance and public transport charity Sustrans, Both courses started and finished at Ripley Castle in North Yorkshire and passed through the market town of Masham, where they refuelled at a feed station set up at the Black Sheep Brewery.

David Boulton, Carter Jonas’ head of planning for the North, said: “It was a real challenge and an arduous route, which made the food stations very popular.”

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