A team of charity cyclists will set off on a gruelling 510-mile bike ride from Paris to Leeds today to mark next week’s Tour de France Grand Depart.
Friends Chris Clyburn, Ai Lyn Tan, Chris Dunne, Ives Solo, Dave Walton and Pete Crampton, who all frequent Pin Bar, in Dock Street, Leeds, were inspired to take up the mammoth ride by late cancer fighter and fundraiser Jane Tomlinson and aim to raise £10,000 for the charity that bears her name.
The cyclists, who are based in Harrogate and Leeds and range from a doctor to bank staff and entrepreneurs, will set off from Paris today with the aim of returning to Leeds for a welcoming party at Pin Bar on July 2 at around 6pm.
Chris Terry, manager of Pin Bar, said: “Everyone will be welcome to the street party as we showcase our renowned Yorkshire hospitality, bringing family, friends and strangers together.”
The riders are paying all their own costs and have been fundraising for the ‘Pave to Cobble’ challenge through everything from the sale of special key chains to collections.
Visit www.justgiving.com/teams/pavetocobble to donate.