Trustee Martin supports our Bike Challenge

Trustee Martin supports our Bike Challenge

Tue 19 April

Our trustee Martin is urging people to sign up to this year's Big Bike Challenge, or take part in our Miles In May challenge from home.
Martin Gatenby, who works as a Key Account Manager for a pharmaceutical company, is a keen cyclist in his spare time and joined us for our Big Bike Ride event back in 2016 and 2017.
We had a total of 94 riders in 2017 completing the 64-mile route at Grange Park Sports Club, and after taking a break we returned in 2021 with a brand new challenge at York Cycle Circuit.
This year, we want the Big Bike Challenge to be bigger and better than ever - this time, setting off from Oakenshaw and cycling on a brilliant, traffic-free route over the Spen & Calder Valley Greenway to Huddersfield. The challenge is adaptable to all abilities; you can join us for just part of the route, for the full 17.5-mile journey or for the return trip!

We're also holding Miles In May, our virtual challenge which encourages cyclists, walkers and swimmers to set their own goal, clock up the miles throughout the month and raise funds.
Martin is encouraging cyclists of all abilities to join the rides and raise some funds for YBTC.
He said: "Having seen the effects of having a brain tumour sufferer in my own family I was flattered to be asked to join the board of the charity many years ago. I have enjoyed seeing it grow and offer support to researchers and to patients on their individual journeys. 
"I have loved cycling since I saw the Tour de France on television when I was about ten years old. The grainy images of the riders struggling over the Alps and Pyrenees stuck in my mind, and as a teenager I joined a cycling club and tried to follow my dream of going to Europe and racing. Even though that never happened, I have always loved cycling and have been lucky enough to ride some of the roads of the Tour de France, on one occasion as part of my own challenge to raise money for YBTC alongside Paul, one of the other trustees.
"We both rode the first Big Bike Ride that the charity held back in 2004 and have ridden the various bike challenges the charity has organised since. It has always been an inspiring and rewarding day, with riders of all abilities taking part. Cycling is a great way to have fun, make yourself feel better and improve your mental wellbeing. 
"No one should worry that they're 'not fit enough' or 'not fast' enough - every pedal stroke you take can make a difference so please do whatever you can, you'll have a grand day out and help the charity with its work. 
"Eddy Merckx of Belgium was the greatest cyclist of all time and he said 'Ride as much or as little or as long or as short as you feel - BUT RIDE!'
"After the struggles of the last couple of years, it would be wonderful to see as many people as possible joining us to do just that."

If you'd like to join us on Sunday 22nd May for our Big Bike Challenge, cycling through the stunning Spen & Calder Valley Greenways, book your place by clicking here.

To sign up for our virtual Miles in May challenge, please click here.
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