Lord Mayor’s charity cycle ride launched

Caption: Partners and sponsors join the Lord Mayor at the launch: (L-R) - Back: Tony Booth, All Terrain Cycles, Martin Driver, Metro, Lord Mayor of Leeds Cllr Thomas Murray and Pete Robinson, Larson Group.

Caption: (L-R) - Front: Chris Hope, All Terrain Cycles, Gerald Jennings, Land Securities, Martin Pollard, Larson Group, Gabrielle Shaw, All Terrain Cycles and Andy North, Ultra6.

Keen cyclists from the city and beyond are being offered the unique chance to ‘ride like a pro’ across four countries, as part of a proposed Leeds Lord Mayor’s 2014 Cycle Ride.

Set to be held from 29 April-4 May 2014, cyclists who sign up for this trip to remember which is in aid of the Lord Mayor’s LOFFTY Project, will begin their journey in the twin town of Dortmund in Germany, before moving to another of Leeds’s partner cities, Lille in France, via the beautiful Ardennes and through Belgium. As part of the final leg of the journey, the participants will return to home soil by taking an overnight ferry journey to Hull before joining up for a planned grand arrival into Leeds City Centre with, it is hoped, hundreds of other cyclists.

Organised by Pennine Events and the Lord Mayor’s Charity, for more details on how to ride in this once in a lifetime event or for company sponsorship and naming rights opportunities, please see www.lordmayorcycleride.co.uk/

Pennine Events can also be contacted on: (01772) 447 979 or via email: mark@pennineevents.co.uk

The Lord Mayor of Leeds, Councillor Thomas Murray said:

"The prospect of incorporating four countries as part of the Lord Mayor’s 2014 Cycle Ride is extremely exciting, and it would be fantastic to see as many keen cyclists and companies as possible get behind and involved in making this once in a lifetime event a reality.

"With the Tour de France arriving in the city later this year, this is a brilliant opportunity for those people with a passion for cycling to take part in a ride like the biggest names in the sport, and also at the same time raise money for the LOFFTY charity Project, which is a very worthy cause."

Notes to editors:

The key aim of the LOFFTY project, which stands for ‘Leeds Offers Fun For The Young’, is to raise funds that will provide additional fun activities for kids in the city during and after school, at weekends and throughout the school holidays.

Groups and organisations involved in the event include: Leeds City Council, Pennine Events, Leeds Starts Here, All Terrain Cycles, ULTRA6, ABF, The Soldier’s Charity, Metro, JCI Leeds, Larson Group and Land Securities.

For media enquiries, please contact;

Colin Dickinson, Leeds City Council press office (0113) 39 51578

Email: colin.dickinson@leeds.gov.uk