The Round the Beat Cycle Sportive 2015 is set to kick off this Sunday, with a record field of officers and members of the public entered in the challenge to raise money for the Jane Tomlinson Appeal.
Organised in 2012 by Police Sergeant Dave Holden with help from Sgt Mark Atkin and Sgt Darren Beech, 2013 saw Round the Beat take on a charity element for the first time. In 2014, the RTB Sportive raised an amazing £1800 the Appeal. It also underwent a few changes to its original planning; the event moved from Stainbeck Police Station to the Wetherby Sports Association, where the RTB Sportive now begins and ends.
Siobhan Curtis, Legacy Manager at the Jane Tomlinson Appeal said: "This will be the third year we have partnered with the RTB event and I have to say it just gets better and better."
So far 155 riders will be taking on the challenge across two main courses: a 104 mile route for the more experienced and a 50 mile route for those newer to cycling. Naturally, neither course will be easy to complete. Each is a challenge in its own right, since hills make up a decent share of both routes!
However, participants can be reassured that the aches and pains will be entirely worth it. Sgt Holden said: "The Round the Beat Cycle sportive is a challenging route through some fantastic scenery. My colleagues and I look forward to providing both novice and experienced cyclists with a really good ride and a great day out."
Mike Tomlinson, Jane Tomlinson Appeal trustee said : "We are thrilled that the Police have chosen the Appeal to benefit from this great event. Participants can look forward to an epic challenge taking in parts of the 2014 Tour De France route and in the process making a brilliant contribution to charities in the region."
Not too late to enter! There are still a few places remaining. To find out more visit http://rtbsportives.weebly.com/
Entries online have now closed but you can register on the day at Wetherby Sports Association.