London, 10 January 2014, National property consultancy Carter Jonas, together with sporting event organiser Breathingspace Live, will be holding Yorkshire’s second most highly anticipated cycling event of the summer.
As the glare of the world’s sporting media turns to Yorkshire this July for the Grand Départ of the Tour de France, Carter Jonas is rapidly signing up cycling enthusiasts around the country to take part in its own version of the famous French event; the Yorkshire Pedalthon, which will raise funds for Yorkshire Air Ambulance and public transport charity Sustrans.
The event will take place on Thursday, 22 May, and riders will have the choice to complete either the 80 mile Yorkshire Challenge or the 40 mile Yorkshire Scenic route. Both circular routes will start and finish at Ripley Castle in North Yorkshire, with the Yorkshire Challenge riders heading into the heart of the Yorkshire Dales including the steep climb out of Wharfedale to the top of Kidstones Pass, a climb also featuring on the Tour opening day. Having completed the climb riders will descend in to spectacular Wensleydale and on to Masham where they will join the Scenic route riders at the famous brewery town before returning to Ripley Castle for a Yorkshire hog roast.
David Aspland, Carter Jonas’ head of Commercial in the northern region said: “The Pedalthon promises to be a one-off sweatworking event for enthusiastic cyclists in the business community to have some fun in the scenic Yorkshire countryside, whilst raising money for charity.”
He added: “It will also be a perfect opportunity to showcase the very best of Yorkshire produce that will be available at several fuelling stations along the way.”
Gary Verity, chief executive, Welcome to Yorkshire, said: “When we won the bid to host the Grand Départ in Yorkshire we knew this would showcase our glorious region to the world but we also knew it would be a great opportunity for the people who live and work here to get involved too.
“The Carter Jonas Pedalthon is exactly the kind of unique event I was hoping for, and I wish it every success.”
The Carter Jonas Pedalthon is open to both individuals and corporate teams, with individual entry costing £150 and teams of four costing £500 each.
Sponsors and partners include Berwins Solicitors, Ripley Castle, English Heritage, Crowther Turnbull Booth and Earthmill.