Tour Days in Yorkshire
June 18th 2014
Team Cystic Fibrosis does ’The Bump’.
You might expect the weather in the second week of June would be reasonably warm and mild but not on the weekend of June 13-14th June when Team Cystic Fibrosis embarked on their annual cycling challenge.
This year the plan was to ride the main parts of the two Yorkshire Tour de France stages, back to back. The professional riders found these stages tough but the eleven two day riders and five one day riders from Team CF are always up for a challenge.
Setting off from Barnsley, and missing out the York to Harrogate section made the ride even harder. The riders were riding for around 12 hours each day, covering 270 miles in total with 20,000ft of climbing. Day 2 brought them into Huddersfield via Ainley Top, through Holmfirth and over Holme Moss where visibility was appalling, temperatures were just above freezing and heavy drizzle failed to damped their spirits with about 50 miles still to go before the finish back in Barnsley via Cote de Oughtibridge, Jenkin Road and other iconic climbs.
This event will have raised £5k+ and over the last five years above £25k has been raised from the annual challenges. Last year’s challenge was the ‘Gump’ where 26 riders left Barnsley at dawn on Midsummer’s Day to ride as far as possible before sunset and ended up 215 miles.
Day 1 – 153.3 miles, 16.8 average speed, 9hrs 7mis riding time, 9,324 elevation gain, 5,741 calories, start 7am & finish 7pm
Day 2 – 121.7 miles, 13.9 average speed, 8hrs 44mins riding time, 11,944ft elevation gain, 4,867 calories, start 7am & finish 7:15pm