Sign up call to women’s sportive

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Yorkshire lasses Kate Horsfall of Wetherby and Judith Worrall of Thirsk are inviting all women who like to cycle to their Yorkshire Lass Cycling Club’s first charity sportive on August 14 – 140 entrants have already signed up and just 160 places remain.

Supported by All Terrain Cycles and the women of YLCC, the annual sportive is being held in aid of Women v Cancer which comprises Breast Cancer Care, Jo’s Cervical Cancer and Ovarian Cancer Action.

Starting from Carlton Lodge Activity Centre, Thirsk, the event is being organised through British Cycling and offers three levels of difficulty with 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. All riders will be awarded a medal and a piece of cake when they finish.

The Wetherby-based cycling club was launched in March 2015 with support from All Terrain Cycles, which has superstores in Wetherby and Saltaire.

One of the few women’s only clubs in the region, it has proved hugely popular as growing numbers of women have taken up the sport.

As part of its commitment to promoting cycling in Yorkshire, All Terrain is helping out with equipment and mobile mechanical support as well as supplying energy gels to help keep the wheels and legs turning.

“We’ve had a phenomenal response to our first charity sportive – originally, we were hoping for about 50 entrants, but take-up was much stronger than we expected, especially on the longer routes,” said Kate.

“Our fun and friendly members are getting really excited to be riding and encouraging ladies on the day, as well as manning feed stations and marshalling the routes. Word seems to have spread and we’re optimistic that by August all 300 places will be filled.

“We think the event is proving particularly popular because it’s one of the few ladies-only sportives in Yorkshire and we’re offering rides for all abilities – and, of course, there is the promise of cake at the finish line.”

Tony Booth, managing director of All Terrain Cycles, said: “It’s great news that with over two months to go, almost half of the places on the YLCC sportive have already been taken.

“It’s such a friendly, welcoming club that it’s no surprise that the event is attracting so many cyclists.”

Enter at: www.britishcycling.org.uk/events/details/140445/Yorkshire-Lass-Annual-Charity-Sportive.