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Corporate Cyclists Out in Force in Support of SportsAid

A corporate cycling event organised by Lupton Fawcett has proved to be extremely popular with an extra ten teams of four wanting to enter the 67 mile ‘Yorkshire Classic’ to help raise money for SportsAid.

The firm, which is proudly supporting Welcome to Yorkshire and the Yorkshire Grand Départ, had originally aimed to attract 30 teams but such has been the demand that there are now 40 teams taking part in the pursuit style event on 1st May.

Through their support for SportsAid the teams will be helping the next generation of athletes in Yorkshire to achieve their ambitions.

One local beneficiary is 16-year-old cyclist Alfie Moses who will be at the finish line next Thursday to congratulate the competitors.

Currently ranked third in the country in youth cyclo-cross, Alfie from Keighley, said, “SportsAid helps me to fund travel and equipment for local, national and international races as well as entry fees for the races.”

The ‘Yorkshire Classic’ will set off from Ilkley Rugby Club and head into the Dales where it will pick up the official Tour de France route. Lunch will be provided in Kettlewell before the teams head back along the River Wharfe to the rugby club where a hog roast will await their arrival.

The time for each team will be recorded via a chip timing system with the time of the last team member crossing the line being registered.

Awards will be presented by local Yorkshire hero Brian Robinson, the first British winner of a stage of a Tour de France in 1958.

Speaking about the event Kevin Emsley, Chairman of Lupton Fawcett, said,

“The world’s greatest cycle race will be starting in Yorkshire on 5th July and, as official supporters of the event we wanted to get involved and mark the occasion by putting on our own cycling challenge for companies to help raise money for SportsAid.

“We have been overwhelmed by the response, which either proves we are a competitive lot in Yorkshire or we can’t get enough of the fantastic scenery on our doorstep, which is going to be seen by three billion people across the world.

“Or perhaps the real reason is because we all want to raise money for SportsAid, so we can support the next generation of British sports stars by giving them financial recognition during the critical early years of their careers.”

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