Event: 28 April 2013
The winter chills have not deterred riders from entering one of the favourite early season sporting events, the Brian Robinson Challenge Ride.
Over 250 riders from across the country, (and a few enquiries from Holland in the pipeline,) are signed up to start the 75 mile challenge ride around the South Pennine roads on 28 April. Whilst the peaks are still capped with snow, event organiser Martyn Bolt says this is not putting riders off training either.
“I have had reports from riders getting their legs used to Holme Moss, which was recently closed to traffic, and from hardy cyclists on other climbs, saying that they know how tough the event can be, dependant on weather, so they are getting practice in”
The event, now in its seventh year, is supported by two feed stations, because Tour de France pioneer Brian wants to encourage new riders to take part as well as provide an event for regular road men.
The hospitality is not limited to the road side either, as changing the HQ venue has allowed the organisation to once again offer hot and cold snacks at the start and finish, something much in demand after a day in the saddle.
As Yorkshire gears up for the start of the Tour de France in 2014 riders sampling part of the route of Le Grand Depart will also be able to feel like Tour riders as they get route direction and moral support from motor cycle outriders, mechanics on the course and back markers riding steadily to help where needed.
Those completing the ride will get certificates based on the Standard Ride format with Gold demanding completion in under 4 ½ hours, Silver 5 ½ hours, and Bronze 6 ½ hours, but all finishers get their certificates and often Robinson is on hand with a cheery word and autograph if needed.
This is not a commercial event, but organised to support Charity and good causes with the Yorkshire Regiment Benevolent Fund and the One Community Foundation for Kirklees being the principle beneficiaries.
Online entry is still open… Enter here today!