Cycling the Wolds Way | Posted: 08 July 2016
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The Tour de Yorkshire is not the only annual cycling event to showcase the splendid scenery of God’s Own County.

On the weekend of 16-17 July, the annual Yorkshire Wolds Cycle Challenge takes place, raising funds for local charity Ryedale Special Families by encouraging cyclist of all abilities and ages to take to two wheels on a two-day cycle ride round the glorious landscapes of the Yorkshire Wolds.

Here at Inntravel we have a lot of keen cyclists, and several members of staff have taken part over the years, so we’re delighted to be sponsoring the event again this year.

Now in its sixth year, the event promises to be just as good as in previous years and, with the forecast promising perfect weather conditions, over 160 cyclists have already signed up – though there’s still plenty of room for anyone else wishing to don the fluorescent lyrca (not compulsory)!

Feedback from previous years’ events shows that, despite some challenging sections of the ride and its overall length (146 miles in 2 days), the sheer enjoyment, camaraderie and sense of achievement on reaching the finishing line is what is remembered by all those who have taken part. So much so, that a good number of participants return each year.

Among those looking forward to accepting the challenge again are Anne Marflitt and her sister Elaine, ‘The Pink Ladies’, as Anne explains:

Further Information

Ready for a challenge?

The Yorkshire Wolds Cycle Challenge takes place 16-17 July. If you wish to learn more about the good work of Ryedale Special Families, or what's involved in the cycling challenge, visit the ride website or contact Rob Davies, Funding Coordinator, at Ryedale Special Families:

Yorkshire Wolds Cycle Challenge >
Ryedale Special Families >

“Last year I entered the Yorkshire Wolds Cycle Challenge with my sister Elaine who came over from Cumbria to do the ride with me. We had a wonderful weekend; the event was incredibly well organised by Ryedale Special Families. The support we received was excellent and the ‘Guardian Angels’ cycling with the pack were never far away to help if needed. Even though it was a gruelling ride, we had no hesitation in saying we would enter the challenge again this year. Ryedale Special Families is such a worthwhile charity to support and we were proud to say that ‘The Pink Ladies’ raised over £1,000 in 2015 and we’ll be raising money for them this year too.”

Since its inception, the event has attracted a great following from female cyclists and the organisers are constantly amazed by the efforts people go to, and extremely grateful to all those who support the cause and take part in the event.

It can seem quite daunting but there are many first-time challengers like Joanna Newitt (also pictured) – who has never done anything like this before – willing to give it a go. Here’s Joanne’s story:

“I've always enjoyed cycling and, alongside my first love of horse riding, it’s a good pursuit to keep the legs strong. Now, in my fifty-third year, I have a dream to do the Coast-to-Coast bike ride, so I thought this would be a good starter to give me more experience and more confidence with a challenge that’s nearer to home. In addition, Ryedale Special Families deserve so much recognition for the help and care they provide in our area to families who have special needs children. I’ll be keeping a blog about how it all goes which hopefully might encourage others to take part.”

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