Mini ‘Tour de France’ around the Lower Dales

Cycling sponsors - T&R Theakston Executive Director Simon Theakston, right, with organiser Chris Wade, centre, and Kris Stephenson from the Freemasons Arms, Nosterfield.
Cycling sponsors - T&R Theakston Executive Director Simon Theakston, right, with organiser Chris Wade, centre, and Kris Stephenson from the Freemasons Arms, Nosterfield.

More than 100 cyclists have taken part in a pint-sized version of the Tour de France around the Lower Dales sponsored by Masham brewers T and R Theakston.

The cyclists all sported yellow jerseys on the 22-mile long Lower Dales Circle Charity Bike ride, which raised more than £5,000 for good causes including Help for Heroes and Cancer Research.

Organiser Chris Wade, from the Milbank Arms in Well, said: “So far we have raised a terrific amount for charity and all those who took part – plus those who helped out on the day and offered their support – need to be praised.

“This is our version of the Tour de France. Even though we didn’t have the Pyrenees to contend with, some of the hills were quite a challenge!

“We were lucky with the weather and everyone completed the 22-mile circular route without incident. The only pumps that were used on the day were the Theakston’s beer ones at the end.”

“I’d like to thank Theakston’s for their generosity in supporting this event and providing the riders with the yellow jerseys.”

T and R Theakston executive director Simon Theakston, who took part in the ride, said: “This was a great event to be involved in, as both participants and sponsors. Because it wasn’t a race, everyone was a winner – hence the yellow jerseys.”

Charities to benefit from the event were Yorkshire Air Ambulance, Ovarian Cancer Action, the British Heart Foundation, Help For Heroes, Tommy’s Kids with Leukemia, Macmillan Nurses, Cancer Research, and Alzheimer’s.