Hundreds expected at the Big Leeds Bike Ride

Pictured from last year: Steve Goodson, Graham Edward and Laura Goodson, from Leeds, took part in the 2013 event.
Pictured from last year: Steve Goodson, Graham Edward and Laura Goodson, from Leeds, took part in the 2013 event.
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Hundreds of cyclists are expected to take part in a Sunday morning charity bike ride this weekend from Leeds to York.

Sunday September 21 is the date of the Big Leeds Bike Ride which last year saw 700 cyclists take part, raising more than £35,000 for the Leeds Children’s Hospital Appeal.

Organisers are hoping the Tour de France effect could this year inspire more than 1,000 to take part and help raise vital cash for the hospital unit at Leeds General Infirmary.

The Big Leeds Bike Ride will offer cyclists two routes to choose from - both routes will start and finish at Roundhay Park in Leeds.

The shorter 100km route reaches York before turning back via Tadcaster and the challenging 100 mile route travels beyond York to the Howardian Hills.

There will be refreshment stops at regular intervals and Bike Events - the organisers behind the race - will provide full back-up, including route-signing, marshals, medics, mechanics and support vehicles.

Both routes feature chip-timing and web results so after the event, cyclists can see their overall time and average speed.

Each rider will also receive a medal and a certificate at the end of the ride and the first male and female riders back will receive a limited edition Leeds Children’s Hospital Appeal Yellow jersey.

All the sponsorship raised will go towards the Leeds Children’s Hospital Appeal, who - in a statement on Bike Events’ website - said: “We would love every child to have a ‘put-up’ bed beside them to allow a parent or guardian to stay in comfort. It would be fantastic to provide toys and books and a variety of films to suit all children’s 

“We want to make the wards, theatres, parent waiting rooms and day case areas child and family-friendly, too.

“We’d like to banish plain walls and provide suitable artwork to bring pleasure to patients and their families - and of course there’s the state-of-the-art medical equipment.

“Please help us to make every child’s stay in hospital with us brighter, better and happier.”

The children’s services treats children up to 17 years and provides secondary care for the children of Leeds and highly specialised tertiary care for the children of Yorkshire and beyond with a population of 2.8m.

Participants can enter the Big Leeds Bike Ride in advance online or it is also possible to come along and enter on the day. The race starts are between 7am and 9am.

For further information and to register online, visit the websites at: or

Those interested can also phone 0113 206 4540.

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