‘Get on your bike’ - mayor tells residents

Mayors cycle ride launch at the Rugby club.Front  Mayor Andrew Backhouse and Mayoress Sue,cheered on by the supporting team..Picture Richard Ponter 141210
Mayors cycle ride launch at the Rugby club.Front Mayor Andrew Backhouse and Mayoress Sue,cheered on by the supporting team..Picture Richard Ponter 141210
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A new cycle ride has been launched to encourage people to get fit whilst taking in all the sights the borough has to offer.

Named ‘Ride The BoS - conquer the elements’ the initiative was inspired and developed by the Mayor and Mayoress of the Borough of Scarborough, councillors Andrew and Sue Backhouse.

Combining their ambition to visit every community in the borough during their mayoral year and their love of fitness in the great outdoors, they have put together a road based route that involves 14,000ft of climbing, 200 miles and 94 towns, villages and hamlets.

The inaugural ‘Ride The BoS (which stands for Borough of Scarborough) – conquer the elements ‘will take place over four days from Thursday 15 to Sunday 18 May and will involve the Mayor and Mayoress and a team of up to 40 riders from organisations based within the borough tackling steep moorland climbs and brake testing descents while enjoying the sights of picture postcard villages and vibrant seaside towns.

Mr Backhouse said: “This is a culmination of months of hard work by a small dedicated team to develop a route that will enable us to fulfil our ambition of visiting every community in the borough.

While the diversity of our borough’s landscape is what makes it so wonderful, it also means that parts of the route are very challenging and we don’t mind admitting that we’ve had to step up our training regime.”

Mrs Backhouse added: “However, we’re determined to take the tough bits in our stride knowing that the rewards from the surroundings and the camaraderie of our fellow riders will be plentiful.”

The Mayor and Mayoress are determined to leave a lasting legacy and plans are already underway for the ride to become an established route for future generations to enjoy, whether in the form of a two day sportive event for road cycling enthusiasts and professionals, or for individuals or families to cycle small parts of the route whenever they want.

The potential for a lasting legacy has already been formally recognised by the organisers of the Tour de France Grand Départ 2014 Legacy initiative, allowing the initiative’s branding to be used to support the ride.

While a number of riders have already signed up to take part in the inaugural ride, there are still places available.

Wayne Elliott, Ride The BoS project manager and owner of EDS Bikes in Snainton said: “The response so far to our invitation to local organisations to get involved has been promising and we’ve already got a number of riders raring to go. However with a total of 40 places up for grabs, we’ve still got space for more. I would encourage any keen cyclists out there to consider taking part and getting their employers on board to help support them.

Anyone interested in getting involved should be a regular cyclist with a good level of fitness, strength and endurance. To sign up, email: ridethebos@scarborough.gov.uk