Legendary cyclist Brian Robinson backs the YEP’s campaign

Cycling legend Brian Robinson. Picture by Tony Johnson
Cycling legend Brian Robinson. Picture by Tony Johnson
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A Yorkshire cycling legend has joined the growing list of stars backing our bid to get the region cycling.

Huddersfield veteran Brian Robinson, who was the first Briton to complete a Tour de France in 1955, has put his considerable cycling clout behind our multimedia Let’s Get Cycling campaign.

The 83-year-old was also the UK’s first cyclist to win a Tour stage and blazed a trail for the likes of Barry Hoban and Tommy Simpson to flourish in the sport.

He has joined Tour de France winner Chris Froome, Otley’s Lizzie Armitstead, Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg and Yorkshire’s most decorated Olympian Ed Clancy in supporting our push.

Robinson said: “I support Let’s Get Cycling. It’s important that people get behind it to – the main thing is health.

“You’re out in the fresh air. Even now I go out every day and it’s not about the bike.”

Having retired at 33, the Yorkshireman has remained active and has been a big part of his home county’s bid to bring the Tour de France to Yorkshire.

“I did cycling pretty hard and I’m pretty sure it’s prolonged my life, it’s good exercise and once you get over the initial toughness of riding a bike it’s easy,” he added.

“It’s getting hard for me but it’s going out with your friends. You don’t have to go a long way to get into the countryside.”

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