Cyclists are being invited to sign up for an annual charity ride inspired by Tour de France pioneer Brian Robinson.

Since 2006 the 70-mile Brian Robinson Challenge Ride has pitted riders against some of the hilliest roads around Huddersfield.

Brian, 85, of Mirfield, was the first Briton to win a stage of the Tour in 1958 and still cycles twice a week with friends.

The 2016 event is once again based at the Huddersfield New College campus. The college itself is no stranger to elite cycling as a former student is the GB athlete Gabriel ‘Gabz’ Cullaigh from Holmfirth.

The ride takes place on April 24 and the aim is for riders to test themselves in an early season challenge, raising money for good causes at the same time.

The rides are similar to so-called “reliability rides” carried out by Brian during his career.

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The main charity to benefit this year will be Marie Curie Cancer Care. Last year 300 riders raised a combined £10,000.

Former cycle road racer Brian Robinson with the Mayor of Kirklees, Clr Martyn Bolt
Former cycle road racer Brian Robinson with the Mayor of Kirklees, Clr Martyn Bolt

Organiser and keen cyclist Clr Martyn Bolt said: “It’s the biggest annual charity ride in Kirklees and attracts riders from all over the country. It’s all systems go.”

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The route starts and finishes at Huddersfield New College and heads off to Outane, Denshaw, Standedge, Marsden, Meltham, Holmfirth and Holme Moss before heading back via the Woodhead Pass, Denby Dale, Emley, Kirkheaton and Bradley.

It takes in two of the toughest climbs around in Wessenden and Holme Moss, which produced some of the most memorable scenes from the Tour de France Grand Depart in 2014.

Cyclists will be supported by motorcycle marshals from West Yorkshire Advanced Motorcyclists.

Cyclists now travel from across Europe to take part but one man came from as far as Texas in 2014.

To enter go to www.britishcycling.org.uk/events/details/140837/Brian-Robinson-Challenge-Ride-2016