More than 300 cyclists turned out yesterday for the ride of their lives – the Colne Valley Mountain Bike Challenge.
They set off from Leymoor Cricket Club in Parkwood Road, Golcar, taking in some of the area’s most spectacular scenery encompassing Outlane Golf Course, West Slaithwaite, Marsden, Wessenden Valley and Linfit in the gruelling 30-mile ride.
Although it was not billed as a race as such, Great Britain international Jack Clarkson, one of the UK’s leading Cyclo-Cross riders, was first to cross the finishing line in a time of 2hrs 8mins with the last to finish in 5hrs 45mins.
Organiser Jonathan Brook said: “It’s been a fantastic day – the weather was great for cycling with just a bit of a breeze.
“It’s our 12th year now. It was my idea originally and apart from the odd mechanical issue it all seems to have gone according to plan.
“A lot of people turned up on the day which was good.
“I don’t know how much money was raised but it will be divided between the cricket club and 39th Parkwood Scouts, Group and certainly enough to keep us all going for another 12 months.”