A bike ride in memory of Meltham cyclist John Radford will be bigger than ever this year.

Streetbikes, a community project which bikes to give to needy families, has organised what will now be called the John Radford Mixed Ability Memorial Ride and Cycling Festival.

The new-look event will see riders take on a distance of up to 100km (62 miles) on track or greenway.

All those taking part will receive a rider number and a medal for the first time.

Dad-of-two John was knocked off his bike on the main A616 Huddersfield Road between New Mill and Brockholes in July, 2013.

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

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.

John Radford

John, 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 last year’s 100-mile challenge which raised money for Road Justice, a charity John supported.

Gill Greaves, of Milnsbridge-based Streetbikes, has taken over as organiser and said the ride would be opened up to cyclists of all abilities.

She added: “John’s family have really supported us and we give out the John Radford medal for achievement for riders throughout the year.

“This year our event will be set up so people can ride as far as they like up to 100km on track or on the greenway.

“We will give out bikes and helmets to those who want to take part and it will be a celebration of cycling.”

Watch cycling tribute to John Radford below

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Emma backed Streetbikes and said: “As a family we are really touched by the work that Streetbikes continues to do and for their commitment to include everyone in this sport.

“Dad would be so very proud to be involved in this.”

Family members will be handing out medals on the day.

The event takes place on Saturday, June 18 starting from Spenborough athletics track in Liversedge.

Entry is £4 and registering in advance is essential.

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