Chair of CFFC cycles 900 miles

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  • April 24, 2013

April 19th was the beginning of the Cycle For Work 900 mile Lands’ End to John O’Groats challenge rode over 9 consecutive days, for the brave team of Calderdale business people.

They are cycling the length of the UK to raise money to get 25 young unemployed people from Calderdale an apprenticeship with a local company.

The team includes 7o year old Roger Moore MBE Roger comments, “It’s our way of addressing the serious problem of youth unemployment locally. We hope to give their lives a real and lasting boost through our efforts.

 I cycled a lot in London 30 years ago but that was as transport rather than pleasure. However, last summer inspired by Bradley Wiggins and co. I decided to refurbish my rusting bike which had been unused since 1982. My aim was simply to cycle up Cragg Road which is the longest hill in England and joins the track to our farm.  After several tries I eventually made it and flushed with that modest success began longer rides around the valley. When Steve Duncan CEO of the Community Foundation and guiding spirit of the LEJOG challenge told me about LEJOG  and the excellent cause we would be supporting I realised that I would love to be part of the team.

For old times’ sake I decided to use my old bike but with a better drive train and lower gearing than my younger self found necessary on the flat plains of South London. The steel frame by Young’s of Lee High Road was a good one in its day and the overall weight of the bike is similar to a modern alloy bike. It’s just the frame geometry and absence of index shifting gears that show its age. Persuading my reluctant legs to adapt to uphill cycling was harder. But now that I’ve done over a thousand miles in outdoor training rides and far too many boring hours indoors on a turbo trainer I can begin to believe that 900 miles in is possible. My bike and I will be able to celebrate our combined along the route that begins at Walsden at 12 noon you can join including ADD THE POINTS. The route will be lined with school children from add the schools who have been busy making St Georges age of 100 years in style”. Day five of the challenge will see the cyclists led by Less Cutts the Town Crier

and the Mayor of Calderdale John Hardy pass through
Calderdale the place they are striving to help in a cycle Cavalcade. You too can be part of the day by signing up to ride atwww.cycleforwork.co.uk . 

There are various points day flags to wave as the cyclists pas by  The day will end at Eureka where participants can join in many family friendly activities including a climbing wall caving unit and get a free bike health check from supporters Cycle Gear.

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