A PHYSIOTHERAPIST is organising a cycle challenge to raise funds for charity and help inspire people to get active.
Scott Caul, who works in the Ryedale Community Response Team at Malton Hospital, is raising money for Cancer Research UK, the Stroke Association and the York Young Carers Centre.
The Yorkshire Corker Sportive, which will take place on Sunday, June 4, will include two bike rides - a half pint of 57 miles and 110 full pint.
Scott, who took part in the Ironman UK last year, said: “I couldn’t rest for long and the week after I began organising The Yorkshire Corker Sportive.
“The three main reasons are raise, ride and inspire - to raise money for a variety of charities, encourage cyclists to enjoy the ride in a non-competitive environment taking in the stunning North Yorkshire scenery and inspire people to get active and get into cycling.”
He added: “Through my work at the hospital, colleagues, friends and family experiences over the past year, I felt that these three charities in particular were the most pertinent this year,” he said.
“The plan over the coming years will be to change charities every year to help as many different people as possible.”
The challenge is aimed at cyclists of all abilities with two rides.
For the first timers there is a challenging half pint route of 57 miles which climbs Castle Howard, Terrington Bank and Leavening.
For more experienced cyclists there is the full pint which is 110 miles and tackles Wass Bank and Rosedale Chimney.
The ride is fully supported and has been affiliated with British Cycling, Both routes start and finish at Hempland Primary School in York.
Scott said: “I would like to say thank you to Stuart Outram and Hempland Primary School in York for allowing us to use the school for the event headquarters, start and finish.
“Thanks also to Caroline Brown and Creme de La Coffee Team, who will be following the riders around the route in their mobile coffee van, Sara Bath and the team at The Stone Trough Inn at Kirkham Abbey for supporting us with the final rest stop and Paul Potts, Food 2 Remember at the Talbot Yard for the lunchtime rest stop and all of the volunteers which have made the event possible so far.”
Scott said: “I have a 10 year plan in mind to build up the ride year on year in order to raise as much money for charity as possible and inspire people to get active and ‘Gerron’ their bikes. And who knows what the future holds, maybe the Yorkshire Corker Sportive could be the biggest charity cycle event in Yorkshire or beyond.”
To get involved or sign up, go to the British Cycling website at britishcycling.org.uk. For more information, visit The Yorkshire Corker Sportive Facebook page.
The cost is £50 with £25 from each entry going directly to this year’s charities. Entries close on Sunday, May 21.