THE president of the British Equine Veterinary Association (BEVA) Jon Pycock will be donning his cycling lycra for horse health charities on June 3.

Mr Pycock will be hosting the first ever BEVA President’s Challenge Cycle Sportive and is inviting cyclists of all abilities to join him to help raise funds for the BEVA Trust and Vetlife.

Mr Pycock, Yorkshireman and accomplished sportivist, has devised the fundraising event as part of his BEVA Presidential year.

He said: “Cycling has long been a passion of mine and I would love to welcome you to join me on whatever distance you fancy.

"This is a ride for everyone, not just vets. The views will be spectacular and it is not a race so you can take it easy and enjoy the scenery while you catch your breath.”

He has laid down three routes in Yorkshire to suit all abilities. Each route starts and finishes at the iconic York racecourse and will be fully supported with signage and feed and watering stops along the way.

Participants can choose from a 35 mile largely flat ‘trot’ which takes in the city of York, a 66 mile slightly hilly ‘canter’ skirting the Yorkshire Wolds and a 91 mile ‘gallop’ over the Rosedale Chimney.

There will also be a short family ride on the afternoon of June 2 so that children and less practised cyclists can get involved.

The BEVA Trust provides opportunities to allow vets to volunteer for projects that seek to enhance equine welfare both locally and globally. Vetlife is a charity providing emotional, financial and mental health support to the veterinary community.

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