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Date

Saturday 20th July

Start Location

Otley

End Location

Otley

Distance

30/60 miles

THE YORKSHIRE CHALLENGE
IN MEMORY OF PAUL BLEASBY

Yorkshire

Join us for a thrilling charity cycle ride through the Yorkshire Dales, a region celebrated for its stunning beauty and diverse landscapes. With its mix of serene valleys, challenging hills, and quaint villages, the Dales offer something special for cyclists of all levels. Whether you’re looking for a leisurely ride or an adventurous challenge, this ride promises unforgettable views and a unique way to experience one of the country’s most picturesque settings. Pedal with purpose and explore the breathtaking vistas of the Yorkshire Dales on an adventure that combines passion for cycling with the joy of giving back.

Two Ride Options

Short Route (30 miles): Ideal for beginners or those preferring a more relaxed pace, this flatter route winds through the beautiful roads of Yorkshire. It provides a scenic journey that allows participants to enjoy the natural beauty of the area. It’s the perfect introduction to charity rides and a great way to experience the camaraderie of cycling with others for a good cause.

Long Route (60 miles): For the more experienced cyclists looking for a challenge, the long route promises to test your mettle with its relentless and punchy climbs. This route is designed to push your limits and is best suited for those who have a bit more experience under their belts or willing to train for the ride.

Supported by MC Events

Over the past 9 years, the MCE support team has continually grown stronger and more adept, ensuring that from the moment you arrive to the moment you cross the finish line, you’re in good hands. Our goal is to make your experience as seamless and enjoyable as possible, allowing you to concentrate solely on the ride and the unforgettable memories you’ll create along the way.

A RIDE IN MEMORY OF PAUL BLEASBY

Paul.

A Husband, Dad, Gan Gan, Brother, Uncle, Son in law, Brother in law, Father in Law and a friend to so many.

You are missed and loved every day.

Taken so abruptly from us.

We carry on, Paul, because that’s what you’d want…you loved life and everything within it. From work to riding, you set the example for us all, committed, and courageous. With all of that, your biggest love was your family. You showed us each and every day how precious we were and you were the captain of ‘Team Family’.

A team that continues…fractured, yes, and missing the main man, but we ride on.

Life is going down a different road now for us…but the legacy of love and kindness you left with us is firmly planted in our hearts…helping us to navigate through this fog.

The memories we have will last us a lifetime and we will celebrate your memory and talk about you all of the time.

This ride is one way we hope to honour your memory, doing something you loved and raising money for causes close to all of our hearts.

Thank you for everything Paul, love us.

CHARITIES WE ARE SUPPORTING

The Yorskhire Challenge will be fundraising for the following charities. Each cyclist will be required to raise a minimum of £100

Each cyclists will create fundraising pages directly with each charity.

WHAT'S INCLUDED

Fully Supported

We will have a support team throughout the ride.

Ride Leaders

There will be ride leaders on the trip to help support all the cyclists.

Signposted route

The ride will be signposted with clear signs for any major turning and distance milestone.

Route Files

GPX files for both routes will be shared so you can follow the course on your computer/GPS.

Breakfast

Breakfast items and hot drinks will be provided at the start of the ride.

Feed stops

We will be providing plenty of food and drinks at designated feed stops.

Mechanical Support

Cycling tools will be available throughout the day as well as mechanical support where required.

Medical Support

Trained medical professionals will be part of the team.

Cycling Medals

Finishers will receive a medal to commemorate the challenge.

The following are not included in the package: travel to and from Otley, cycling parts and spare tubes.

REGISTRATION

To take part in the cycling challenge, please register using the link below. 
Note: There are limited places for the trip so register early to avoid disappointment.

Registration Fee

£20-£30

Minimum Fundraising Amount

£100

FAQs

What’s the terrain like on the routes?

The terrain will vary depending on which route you are on. Most of the routes will be on quiet country roads but there may be elements of the routes that go through roads with traffic. Further details on the exact routes will be shared closer to the time, well before the ride.

As in the name of the event, this is a challenge and we would expect you to at least have some level of cycling ability and road knowledge. The more you are able to train before the ride, the more that you will enjoy the ride.

We recommend a road bike for the distance that you will cover, although a hybrid or gravel bike would be perfectly suitable as well. The most important thing is that you are comfy on the bike and that it is well-serviced.

Due to a limit on the number of places, the registration fee is non-refundable. If for whatever reason you are not able to make the ride then we ask that you contact as soon as possible.

We have kept the minimum fundraising target low and believe that it is very much achievable. However, if you are struggling then please contact us and we’ll do our best to help you with your target.

Yes, there will be allocated parking for cyclist to park their vehicles. However, we cannot guarantee this as it’s based on first come basis, in which case you may need to find alternative parking.

Yes, you are welcome to invite friends and family to see you off at the starting line and/or cheer you on across the finishing line. However, if they intend on cycling with you then they must register as this ride is strictly open for those pre-registered only.

Those taking on the long route will start earlier than those cycling the shorter one. Depending on the number of cyclists, we may stagger the start time. However, as long as your friends are doing the same route as you then we’ll do our best to accommodate.

  • A roadworthy bike
  • bidons/drinking bottles (ideally 2)
  • saddle bag or something to hold snacks, energy gels etc. that you may want to carry for consumptions during your ride.
  • Cycling helmet
  • Suitable clothing such as a rain jacket that you will require for an all-day ride