Two thousand cyclists are set to converge on Filey as the Great Yorkshire Bike Ride comes to the coast. The Great Yorkshire Bike Ride is an annual seventy mile sponsored charity cycle ride from Wetherby to Filey. The ride takes in some of Yorkshire’s best countryside through the Howardian Hills and the Yorkshire Wolds to the coast.
Every year 2,000 cyclists of all ages and abilities take on the challenge of this great Yorkshire event. The thirty-sixth annual GYBR takes place on Saturday 15th June. The cost of entry is £22 per rider and £32 for an entry plus transport back for rider and bike to Wetherby. Riders are supported by professional back up and medical support, plus there are four refreshment stops, lunch is provided and there will be a very welcome tea tent at the finish line on Filey’s Country Park.
The GYBR relies on the generosity of the event sponsors and, of course, the participants! It is a condition of entry that all and any money raised by taking part in this event are for the benefit of the events nominated charities only. For further information visit the Great Yorkshire Bike Ride website. The event regularly raises a six-figure sum for charity, the record thus far came in 2011, when 1,769 riders raised an incredible £151,635. In the last ten years a total of £1.28m has been donated to charity by the GYBR.
The nominated charities for the 2019 event were: Heart Research UK, The Candlelighters Trust, Wetherby Lions, Phys Cap, Ryedale & District MENCAP, Yorkshire Cancer Research, Hollybank Trust, Jennyruth Workshops, St John’s Ambulance.
With the Tour de Yorkshire set to pass through Filey on 30 April and the Great Yorkshire Bike Ride on 15 June, it seems that the town is becoming something of a destination for everyone on two wheels.