Young offenders take on 'Le Tour' challenge for charity

A group of young people and staff from Leeds City Council’s Youth Offending Service are setting off on their own ‘Tour de Yorkshire’ this week by cycling the full length of the first stage of the Tour de France to raise money for a local charity.

The intrepid group will set off on Thursday 26 June from Leeds through the Dales to Harrogate, a total distance of 120 miles. Most of the young people have never been on a road bike before but have been training hard and showing a real commitment to the project.

Media opportunity

When: Thursday 26 June at 7am

Where: Technorth 9 Harrogate Road, LS7 3NB

Members of the media are invited to photograph, film and interview the group as they set off on their own Tour de Yorkshire.

A team of five young people, six staff and two cyclists from the Seacroft Wheelers will be using bikes and equipment which have been donated by staff from the council’s children’s services department. The project has also been supported by the Edinburgh bike shop and the Seacroft Wheelers cycling club, who have been advising the youngsters and will be leading the ride on the day

The young people have chosen the Martin House Children’s Hospice as the good cause they wish to support and people can donate at: http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/team/LeedsYOS-LeTourChallenge .

Councillor Judith Blake, executive board member responsible for children and family services said:

“These young people are a credit to the youth offending service, their families and communities and are really challenging stereotypes.

“They have shown fantastic commitment to planning and training for this very demanding ride, but the personal rewards they will receive from taking part, will be well worth it.

“By raising money for this wonderful cause these youngsters are showing that no matter what your history or background, with the right support you can achieve your ambitions and take on some tricky personal challenges.”


For media enquiries, please contact:

Emma Whittell, Leeds City Council press office, on (0113) 2474713

Email: emma.whittell@leeds.gov.uk