Cyclists urged to sign up

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One of the UK’s biggest fundraising bike rides – Iceland’s Cycle Britain – is set to visit the region on August16 on a route that will span 66 miles from Scarborough to York.

Iceland Foods’ Cycle Britain challenge, beckaed by singer Stacey Solomon, is looking for participants to help raise £1 million for Iceland’s charity of the year, Alzheimer’s Research UK.

To get involved, participants need a bike, to cycle about 60 miles, or a half day route of around 30 miles, and to pledge a fundraising total of £200. It’s easy to sign up for any of the 16 routes through the Cycle Britain website - www.cyclebritain.org, and costs just £10 per person.

The Scarborough to York route forms the sixth day of Cycle Britain, heading out from Scarborough through the countryside towards the coast at Bridlington. Cyclists will be able to take in stunning views as they wind inland towards Driffield and on to Barmby Moor. The final leg of the route passes through Elvington and into York, where a glass of bubbly will be waiting at the finish line.

Iceland is paying all the costs for the ride, so every penny raised will support Alzheimer’s Research UK in a crucial study into finding ways to detect the first changes in the brain that will lead, maybe 10-15 years later, to Alzheimer’s disease. The research would greatly improve chances of finding treatments.