Hundreds of people are to take part in a special bike ride in memory of popular Meltham cyclist John Radford.

The community project Streetbikes has organised the John Radford Mixed Ability Memorial Ride and Cycling Festival, being held this Saturday.

More than 250 have so far registered, with people from all walks of life, ages, and abilities, including nine visually impaired cyclists on tandems taking part.

Pictured in St George's Square, Huddersfield, earlier this year are John Radford's daughters Helen Gorman (left) and Emma Boyes (centre right) along with his grand daughters, Elsey and Mabel Boyes (centre front) who were are joined by Clr Martyn Bolt (2nd left) former Tour de France stage winner, Brian Robinson (centre) and Colne Valley MP Jason McCartney (right) with the riders who joined them on their run out to New Mill.

The new-look event offers riders different routes on track or greenway. The 100km (62 mile) route starts in the morning, and resumes after a break for lunch. In the afternoon there is a family ride of just over 43km, and people can do as much or as little as they want.

All those taking part will receive a rider number and a medal, which Mr Radford’s daughters will be presenting.

The event, at Spenborough athletics track in Liversedge, will be opened by Mirfield’s Tour de France pioneer Brian Robinson.

The 85-year-old was the first Briton to win a stage of the Tour in 1958 and still cycles twice a week with friends.

He will be taking part in the morning ride that will take in New Mill, where the memorial white bike to Mr Radford is situated, as well as Holmfirth, Huddersfield and Mirfield.

Brian Robinson
Brian Robinson

The all ability greenway family ride has been split into sections of eight, 15 and 28 miles, and starts at 12.30pm.

There will be a number of events at Spenborough during the day, and 50 bikes will be given away. Some of the volunteers who will be helping have learning disabilities, and include a nine-year-old volunteer mechanic who had severe behavioural difficulties, and who has just passed a mechanics course with Streetbikes.

Mr Radford was knocked off his bike on the main A616 Huddersfield Road between New Mill and Brockholes in July, 2013.

He suffered brain damage and died, aged 70, in November, 2014.

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Former soldier Michael Gledhill, of Bramble Bank, Holmfirth, was jailed in January this year for causing death by dangerous driving. He was sentenced to four years and eight months.

Mr Radford, who had two daughters Emma Boyes and Helen Gorman, was chairman of cycling group Huddersfield CTC and had campaigned for better investigation of crashes involving cyclists.

Scores of riders turned out for a 100-mile challenge last year which raised money for Road Justice, a charity he supported.

His family are supporting this Saturday’s event. Entry costs £4 and any money raised is going towards buying a specially adapted trike.

Cycle ride in memory of cyclist John Radford from St George's Square, Huddersfield. Riders leave St George's Square for the run to New Mill.

Gill Greaves, of Milnsbridge-based Streetbikes, which gives bikes to needy families, said: “It looks like it will be a very special day. There has been so much interest in it.”

People can turn up on the day, or register in advance.

For further information or to book a place go to www.streetbikes.org.uk or ring 07873 773417.