Hundreds set for Kirklees cycling festival this weekend

Cyclists riding from all parts of the borough to St George's Square cycling festival

More than 200 cyclists will this weekend join a chain gang to party in the Square.

Cyclists of all ages and abilities will cycle from various parts of the borough to a cycling festival in St George’s Square.

Organised by Streetbikes, the Real Community Tour of Yorkshire is bringing more that 225 people together - including able-bodied and disabled cyclists, seven blind and visually impaired riding tandems, around 85 women, 80 young people and 160 riding a recycled bike from Streetbikes which they will be allowed to keep.

Many of the riders have only taken up cycling in the past year and it’s a chance to celebrate all they’ve learnt so far.

It comes just five weeks before the Tour de France hits town.

Gill Greaves, the Streetbikes leader, said: “This will be a really fantastic event.

“Many of the riders have come to us in the last year and have really gained confidence. Some have come for health reasons, some learning mechanics, we have adapted bikes so it is an inclusive ride for all abilities.”

“With one month to go to the Tour de France, I am hoping that the Real Community Tour will be a massive success and really get the legacy of the race going.

“We have recycled and given away many of the bikes that will be used, and our sponsors have contributed for helmets and T shirts and refreshments.

Wheely big bike ride... and with a wheelchair! 

“I would also like to personally thank the many volunteers who help us out, and sponsors like Asda who have donated a van for us to use for the event and in the future.”

There will be four different routes starting from 10am - and the legacy will be the creation of 10 new community cycling clubs to help new riders gain the confidence to go on and join established clubs in the future.

Streetbikes aims to use cycling as a vehicle to enhance the well-being, health and education of people who live in the Kirklees area - they collect unwanted bikes and distribute them to those wanting to cycle more for recreation or commuting.

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