ENTRIES are being invited for the ninth Yorkshire Wolds Cycle Challenge.

Last year’s event broke all records with 254 cyclists taking part and helping to raise £38,000 for Ryedale Special Families (RSF).

The 2019 event takes place over the weekend of July 13 and 14 with cyclists tackling the 144-mile Yorkshire Wolds Cycle Route over the two days, starting and finishing at Norton College.

Rob Davies, RSF funding coordinator and organiser of the challenge, said: “I can’t believe it’s already the ninth year of the event.

“It seems just like yesterday when we launched it, with 65 riders helping to raise £7,000.

“Last year was a record-breaking year and we hope that this year’s numbers will be even greater as RSF seeks to raise additional funds towards our planned move to new premises.

“The popularity of cycling continues to grow and we attract riders from all over the country now.

“The Yorkshire Wolds Cycle Challenge is a huge team effort and relies heavily on a large number of people.

“I’d like to say a huge thank you to everyone involved, from fellow organisers, marshals, guardian angels, refreshment stop establishments along the route, the team at Hutton Cranswick Sports Fields, Norton College, St John Ambulance, Matthew Maw Removals for transferring everyone’s bags and tents to the halfway, and of course our sponsors Bannisters Yorkshire Family Farm, Big Bear Bikes, Inntravel, Kent Building Developments, MKM Malton, Pro-Pak Foods & Wold Top Brewery and of course to every single rider for taking part and helping to raise funds for RFS. ”

If you would like to take part in this year’s challenge, go to yorkshirewoldscyclechallenge.org.uk