Women on wheels set to boost local charities

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Wetherby-based Yorkshire Lass Cycling Club has seen 600 female cyclists take part in its annual sportive – twice the number that signed up for its inaugural event last year.

The sportive, which was once again sponsored and supported by All Terrain Cycles of Wetherby and Carlton Lodge Activity Centre in Thirsk, has so far raised over £16,000 for Women v Cancer and Yorkshire Air Ambulance and Carlton Lodge Activity Centre Bursary Fund.

Organised by Yorkshire Lass CC founders Kate Horsfall of Wetherby and Judith Worrall of Thirsk with the help of over 100 volunteers on the day, the sportive followed the same format as 2016, starting from Carlton Lodge Activity centre and offering a range of three rides to suit different abilities.

Women cyclists from all over the country travelled to North Yorkshire to take part in one of the three rides with the option of a 30 mile ‘Cuppa tea an a piece a cake’ ride; a 60 mile ‘Reet Gud Ride’; and a 103 mile ‘By Eck Tha War Ard Ride’ route.

“It was another amazing day with an incredible number of cycling enthusiasts from all over the country taking part as well as more than a hundred lasses, lads and honorary YLCC people coming along to marshall and help out at the sportive,” explained Kate.

“We’re also delighted that we have already surpassed last year’s fundraising total with lots more sponsorship still to come in.

“We’d like to say a big thank you to our main sponsor All Terrain Cycles who were instrumental in helping us to set up the club two years ago and have continued to support us.

“The sportive seems to have become a firm favourite in the cycling calendar and we’re already planning next year’s event.”

Launched in March 2015, the Wetherby-based cycling club is supported by All Terrain Cycles which supplies its popular club kit and provides sponsorship as well as welcoming club members as they set out on their weekly Sunday morning rides from the Wetherby store.

As one of the few ladies only clubs in the region, it has proved hugely popular, growing to more than 100 members. Membership re-opens in April.

The charity Sportive will be held on August 12 2018.