New route for the 21st Great Milk (stout) Ride

NADV 1209091AM12 Milk Stout Bike Ride. (1209091AM12)
NADV 1209091AM12 Milk Stout Bike Ride. (1209091AM12)

The Great Milk (stout) Ride organisers have had to suspend one of their routes this year due to ongoing legal issues.

One of the riders on the extreme route suffered a high-speed fall during the ride last year.

The rider is now sueing the ride organisers and as litigation is still underway the race organisers have decided to suspend the extreme route for this year.

A spokesperson for the race organisers said: “We apologise to everyone who was looking forward to it.

“Perhaps now is a good time to remind all riders that the event is not intended to be a race.”

This year’s ride will take place on Sunday September 8.

Since its inception in 1993 the Great Milk (stout) has raised almost £470,000 for Macmillan, attracting cyclists and fundraisers from across the North of England to take part.

Now in its 21st year, organisers hope to attract a record number of participants and take the funds raised to for Macmillan Cancer Support to over half a million pounds.

This time, participants will be able to choose from two different routes according to fitness, or determination.

The Full Monty offers a 20-mile ride along a route that takes in spectacular beauty spots including Brimham Rocks.

For younger - or less intrepid - cyclists, the Half Litre ride provides a scaled-down, ten-mile alternative with its fair share of hills and plenty of fantastic scenery.

Both rides will be launched from the Showground at Pateley Bridge.

The route this year will now end at Harefield Hall which is on the hill leading into Pateley Bridge about half a mile short of the normal finish line.

The idea for the Great was born out of a challenge to see who could raise the most money for charity among the regulars at the Birch Tree Inn, Wilsill in 1993.

It was decided to donate the money raised to Macmillan Cancer Support, whose nurses provided support and care to cancer sufferers and as a memorial to a friend, and local Glasshouses man John Woodhouse, who had recently died from cancer and whose family had received great support from Macmillan.

One of the founding committee members of the Great Milk (stout) Ride, Patrick Bickers, of Glasshouses died from cancer, in October 2008.

The Patrick Bickers Memorial Trophy is awarded to the top corporate fund raising team. Other awards up for grabs include Fancy Dress Prize andthe Pub Shield.

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