Mayor’s cycle ride raises thousands

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An inaugural charity cycle ride spearheaded by Scarborough’s mayor and mayoress has been hailed a great success.

The first ever “Ride the BoS – conquer the elements cycle ride” through the Borough of Scarborough finished on Sunday with all 39 riders that started the challenge finishing together at Scarborough Rugby Club.

During the four day challenge, which started on Friday, six teams of riders rode 200 miles, visiting 94 villages, hamlets and towns along the route and tackling between 13,000ft and 15,000ft of climbing.

The riders were given a great boost at the start of day two when they were joined at Hackness by the Tour de France Grand Départ trophy and Gary Verity from Welcome to Yorkshire, who went on to ride the first half of the day with the team.

Children and teachers from Hackness School also came out in force to cheer and wave off the riders.

Thousands of pounds have been raised for the many different charities the riders chose to support with money still flooding in even though the challenge is over.

Scarborough’s mayor Andrew Backhouse said: “Well, we did it! Together with 37 other fantastic riders, the Mayoress and I achieved our ambition to visit every part of our borough and what an amazing experience it has been.

“We have visited some stunningly beautiful places, witnessed outstanding team work, been touched by the generosity of the communities we visited along the route, made many new friends and raised vital funds for many worthy charities.

“I would like to extend a special thank you to our sponsors McCain Foods, EDS Bikes, Welcome to Yorkshire and Adverset Media Solutions. To all the community groups that provided the team with welcome smiles, liquid refreshments and first class baking, thank so much, your generosity sums up what our borough is all about. Finally, a big thank you to our overnight hosts, Sneaton Castle, who could not have done any more to look after us and ensure we were fully prepared for each day’s ride.”