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Men also saddle up for charity bike ride event
A rallying call has gone out to people to get on their bikes and pedal for pounds for a cancer charity.
More than 90 women got on their bikes last summer for a 100-mile round trip from Ilkley to Selby, raising £21,000 for the Marie Curie Cancer Care hospice in Bradford.
Building on this success, organisers have this year opened up the ride for men to join in.
Claire Macina, who is organising the event with her sister Adele Wilkin, is hoping to break the three-figure rider barrier for the July 15 event.
Claire, from Ben Rhydding, said: “Riders will be trimming their bikes with Marie Curie colours. The reaction from male riders after last year’s event was such that we decided to open it up to all.”
The ride was set up by Mrs Macina and her family to raise money for the hospice that cared for her mum, Sheila Morris, during a 14-year battle with cancer.
Mrs Morris died in August at the age of 74, and Mrs Macina wants to improve on last year’s final total to help provide more vital cash for hospice services.
Claire added: “My mum sadly died in August, and she spent the last two weeks of her life being cared for at the hospice in Bradford, so we really want to go for it this year.”
The ride leaves JD Cycles in Ilkley at 7.30pm, with all entrants paying £15 to register. They must raise a minimum of £100 each.
The route heads from Ilkley through Otley, Pool-in-Wharfedale, Wetherby, Thorp Arch and York before arriving in Selby ahead of the return journey.
Ilkley Catering Company will be providing a barbecue at the end of the ride in JD Cycles’ yard, and new sponsors include Zoca and Exquisite Handmade Cakes.
Since last year’s event, Claire and two of her sisters – Mrs Wilkin and Bradford Council Liberal Democrat leader Councillor Jeanette Sunderland – raised more than £60,000 by cycling 55 miles a day for six days across parts of India.
A fourth sister – Sue Elliott – had to pull out at the last minute after breaking her leg, but her daughter Stephanie Elliott took part.
E-mail Claire Macina at C.Macina@leeds.ac.uk or drop in at JD Cycles in Ilkley for further information.
Claire’s justgiving page is justgiving.com/claire-macina