An organisation which provides free bikes to people in severe need along with the disabled has just brought out a new book – and it’s backed by one of the country’s top cyclists.

Tour de France legends Mark Cavendish and Brian Robinson are helping to raise awareness of the great work done by the Kirklees-based community cycling organisation Streetbikes.

Its latest initiative is to give away 100 bikes in the run-up to Christmas to families struggling financially and organisations can refer families they think will benefit from these bikes to Streetbikes.

Both Mark and Brian are signing copies of Streetbikes’ new book which features photographs of Mark and Brian taken alongside Streetbikes’ cyclists.

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A few days before the Yorkshire Grand Depart of 2014, Mark – who has won 26 stages of the Tour de France – was doing a reconnaissance with his team of Stage 2 of the route which went through Huddersfield.

By sheer coincidence, as he began his ascent of Holme Moss, Streetbikes were in the middle of a sponsored bike ride there and the local riders couldn’t believe their luck to find themselves alongside Mark.

The moment was captured by photographer Sandie Nicholson who was taking official photographs for Streetbikes of the sponsored ride.

Mark Cavendish (second right) leads the OPQS team past a Streetbikes rider up Holme Moss. Must credit Sandie Nicholson

Mark was injured during the first day of the Grand Depart so never rode up Holme Moss during the race itself. He crashed just yards from the finish in Harrogate on the first day and suffered a dislocated collarbone.

Mark gave his permission for one of these photographs to be included in the Streetbikes book and he is also signing a limited number of copies which will be auctioned to raise funds for the community interest company to help even more people to cycle.

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Local cycling hero Brian Robinson, the first Brit to win a stage of the Tour de France, has supported Streetbikes by riding in several community rides with them, including the highly successful Real Community Tour of Yorkshire which brought together more than 200 cyclists from various areas of Kirklees and converged on St George’s Square in Huddersfield in May 2014.

Streetbikes’ new book called Streetbikes: Community Cycling – How We Change Lives, costs £5.50 online through its website. It charts the huge growth and success of the organisation in the way it makes a real difference to people’s lives – young, old, male, female, disabled, able-bodied and from a variety of ethnic backgrounds.

It includes personal stories of how cycling has helped individuals, shows how bikes are recycled and given to those who need them and how personal achievements are rewarded. It is packed with colour photographs of the organisation’s activities in bringing cycling to all.

Gill Greaves, co-founder and Director of Streetbikes CIC explained: “Interest in cycling has grown considerably in our region since the Grand Depart. Our organisation is a big part of the Tour de France legacy and it is fantastic to have Tour de France legends Mark Cavendish and Brian Robinson agreeing to be part of our story.”

For more information on Streetbikes phone 07873 773417 or go to the website