Get on your bikes for Leeds charity trek

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The Lord Mayor of Leeds is urging keen cyclists to get on their bikes to support the city’s children.

Lord Mayor, councillor Tom Murray, has officially launched his charity cycle ride to give the county’s keen cyclists the chance to gear up for a biking challenge across four countries.

The six-day scenic trek will see riders get in the saddle and soak up the sights of Leeds’s twin cities.

Cyclists will start in the twin town of Dortmund, in Germany, before cycling to another of Leeds’s partner cities Lille, in France.

Bikers will then return to home soil by taking an overnight ferry to Hull before joining up for a planned grand arrival into Leeds city centre alongside hundreds of other cyclists.

Money raised from the charity cycle will help support the Lord Mayor’s Leeds Offers Fun For The Young (LOFFTY) project.

The scheme aims to provide fun activities for young people in the city during and after school, at weekends and throughout the school holiday.

The Lord Mayor praised the challenge and said: “The prospect of incorporating four countries as part of the Lord Mayor’s 2014 Cycle Ride is extremely exciting, and it would be fantastic to see as many keen cyclists and companies as possible get behind and involved in making this once in a lifetime event a reality.

“With the Tour de France arriving in the city later this year, this is a brilliant opportunity for those people with a passion for cycling to take part in a ride like the biggest names in the sport.

“And also at the same time they will help to raise money for the LOFFTY charity Project, which is a very worthy cause.”

The charity cycle has been organised by Pennine Events and the Lord Mayor’s Charity.

The challenge, which is part of the Tour de France 100 day Festival, will start on Tuesday, April 29, and finish on Sunday, May 4.

For more details about how to take part in the ride or to offer sponsorship visit

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