BRIDE-TO-BE Debbie Sawyer could give a whole new meaning to the saying “on yer bike” as she prepares to wed cyclist Paul Brierley.
While she has her hair and make-up done in preparation for her big day tomorrow, her husband-to-be will be halfway through a 30-mile bike ride.
Paul will follow the habit of two decades when he cycles from Birkby to Birds Edge tomorrow morning.
Even his wedding day won’t stop him joining mates at the Huddersfield Road Club for the trek before his 2pm wedding.
The happy couple are just hoping he returns unscathed.
Paul, 42, a design engineer for Cummins, said: “For about 20 years I’ve been going out on my bike every Saturday.
“I usually start at about 9am and ride about 40 miles to a cafe at Birds Edge and back for about 1.30pm.
“We’re getting married at 2pm so I might have to cut it short a bit, but there’s no reason not to go.
“I’d only get bored waiting if I was at home.”
The couple first met 20 years ago at The Globe pub in Rastrick.
They lost touch over the years, but bumped into each other four years ago at Asda.
Debbie, a mother-of-two who works as a civilian for the police in Brighouse, said: “We’d not seen each other for years, but then about four years ago we were both doing our shopping in Asda and saw each other.
“Paul always does his shopping at Asda on a Friday and I don’t normally go to Asda then, so it was a bit of a coincidence.”
Debbie, from Rastrick, is a keen cyclist, but tends to ride only in warmer weather.
But she doesn’t mind her husband-to-be riding off every Saturday morning.
The 42-year-old added: “It doesn’t bother me at all as he’s always done it. I’ll get my own back by making him come shopping afterwards.”
The couple will marry at Huddersfield Register Office and then have an evening reception at the YMCA at Laund Hill, Salendine Nook.