Roving Leeds city centre circular bike catches the eye ahead of polar trek

ROUND TRIP: Riding the seven-seater in Leeds city centre are, from left, Nicola Towler (VirtualDCS), Mark Evans (Smiles), Geoff Major, Geoff's mum Vera, Jim McGurn (Get Cycling, York), Richard May (VirtualDCS) and Chris Child.
ROUND TRIP: Riding the seven-seater in Leeds city centre are, from left, Nicola Towler (VirtualDCS), Mark Evans (Smiles), Geoff Major, Geoff's mum Vera, Jim McGurn (Get Cycling, York), Richard May (VirtualDCS) and Chris Child.
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A polar trekking fundraiser has been turning heads on a seven-seater bike tour of central Leeds.

Rothwell businessman Geoff Major, who completed a 50 mile charity trek to the North Pole earlier this year, brought the eye-catching contraption to Leeds to complete six 1.5mile tours are raise awareness of his next charitable adventure. The 51-year-old invited members of the public to join him on the 45-minute journeys yesterday, ahead of his 350-mile mini tour of Great Britain, which will run in aid of three charities, in April next year.

Geoff said: “The looks we have had from people have been on a spectrum from ‘Wow fantastic’ to ‘Oh my God’ and on the last lap one guy even came up to us and said well done.

“On a personal level it’s just to do some really exciting different stuff and get people engaged.”

The ‘Conference Bike’, from Get Cycling in York, will be used on the mini tour and back the Muscular Dystrophy Campaign, Disability Action Yorkshire and Heart Research UK.

The ride is Geoff’s latest fundraising challenge, after which he will attempt to trek across the Sahara Desert in October.

Heart Research UK’s Chris Child, who did one lap of the city on the bike, said: “It’s quite fun and exhilarating as well and it’s a real head turner too.

“Geoff is not only doing a fantastic fun event but it’s also healthy too.”

Leeds-based cloud computing firm Virtual DCS sponsored the day’s cycling.

The firm’s managing director Richard May said: “This is a fresh way of getting money for charities rather than walking around with a collection pot.”

Individuals can join the seven-seater bike tour, which will take place over seven days, as long as they donate £150 to the charity fund for each day of the ride they sign up for.

Alternatively you can pay £50 to the fund and pledge to raise at least £200 for your chosen charity.

Volunteer rider Sandra Nundy, 60, said: “It’s just the novelty factor of being on something like that, with it being circular it’s just the most sociable type of activity I’ve ever done.”

Visit: www.morethanjustgiving.com for details.