A CYCLE ride in the hills around Huddersfield has won the support of a British Olympian.
Mirfield man Brian Robinson, who took part in the 1952 games, has loaned his name to a 75-mile charity ride through the Holme Valley and Denby Dale.
The event was previously known as the Kirklees Cycle Sportive. But organiser Martyn Bolt decided a change of name was needed.
He said: “The event caused some confusion as few riders knew where Kirklees was, indeed some of them thought it was a Scottish event. After looking at various options, we decided on the Brian Robinson Cycle Challenge, as it sums up what the event is all about.” Mr Robinson represented Britain at the 1952 Olympic Games in Helsinki. He was also the first British rider to take part in the Tour de France and the first to win a stage.
He said: “I have ridden every inch of this route many times myself and I know that riders are in for a memorable experience. I hope that cyclists will finish the ride knowing they have had a good workout.” The ride starts and ends at Huddersfield Rugby Union Club in Lockwood on April 26.
Anyone interested in taking part must pre-register and pay the £20 entry cost by April 20.
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