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Big bike ride

[Friday 28 May 2010]

A team of cyclists have completed a 240 mile ride across North Yorkshire – collecting pledges to support the Olympic Games.

And the five riders – all members of North Yorkshire Sport – are also raising cash for Sports Aid which supports talented athletes in the region.

The round trip starting and finishing in Harrogate – saw them call at every major town in the County as well as Dalby Forest and the National Parks.

Each local authority was asked to ‘sign up’ to an Olympic pledge which includes:

  • increasing the number of over 16s in York and North Yorkshire regularly taking part in sport and the number of under 16s in full time education accessing five hours of high quality sport and PE each week
  • increasing the number of York and North Yorkshire residents competing at a regional, national and international level
  • increasing the number of people in York and North Yorkshire taking part in health related activity through sport
  • building a strong, sustainable, adequately resourced sporting infrastructure across York and North Yorkshire

These ambitious targets are an integral part of the North Yorkshire Sport business plan, which each District contributes to, and forms the basis of how the region will demonstrate that the Olympic Legacy is being delivered in the region.

The riders were greeted in Northallerton by representatives from North Yorkshire County Council, and Hambleton and Richmondshire District Councils who signed up to the pledge.

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