The Great Yorkshire Bike Ride (GYBR) is an annual event organised by John Taylorson MBE with the help of logistical support from Wetherby District Lions Club and has raised over £1.28million over the last 10 years for participating charities. The route is from Wetherby Race Course to Filey Brigg, a distance of about 72 miles over a carefully chosen route across the Yorkshire Wolds. There are 5 Rest Stops en route with the main lunch stop at Terrington, where food and drink are supplied free of charge. Up to 2000 riders can enter and every year late entries unfortunately have to be turned away, such is the reputation of this fantastic event. The event takes place this year on Saturday the 18th of June 2016.
The main participating charities this year are listed below:
Epilepsy Research UK
Heart Research UK
Ryedale & District MENCAP
The Candlelighters Trust
Wetherby District Lions Club
Yorkshire Cancer Research
Donations can be made to your chosen charity via the GYBR website www.gybr.co.uk and by following the link “Online Fundraising” which uses Virgin Money Giving (VMG) as the most convenient and easiest way of supporting this very worthwhile event.
This year, in addition to Wetherby Lions Club providing the usual logistical support, two intrepid Lions, Chris Atkinson and John Boulton will be riding on a tandem built and provided by Dean Buckle of the Wetherby Bike Shack. They have never ridden on a tandem before, so they intend to get lots of practice before the big day. The two photographs below show Dean giving them some advice and an action shot on their first tentative outing on the tandem.
Compiled By: Robert Rolfe, President Wetherby Lions Club