Danny Macfarlane, Ellis’ operations director, said, ‘We’re all really looking forward to The Grand Départ, but the news that Sir Bradley is unlikely to feature was a blow to us all – we therefore felt it’d be a bit of fun to make sure he’d definitely be seen on the Yorkshire roads this Summer.’
Aptly nicknamed Le Mini Départ, the Yorkshire Wolds Cycle Challenge is a gruelling 146 mile circular route that will start and finish at Norton College, Malton, and take riders as far afield as Pocklington, Beverley and Bridlington.
The 16 strong Team Ellis, features a number of riders, including managing director Richard Shaw, who only got back on their bikes after agreeing to take part in the event.
‘We entered a smaller team in last year’s event and had so much fun there was a real clamour to take part this year,’ added Danny Macfarlane.
‘Amazingly, people were signing up for the ride without actually owning a bicycle, but with the help of the government’s Bike2Work scheme and the decision to build a bigger bicycle shed here in Rillington, everyone is now fully kitted out and getting in shape for the challenge.’
Team Ellis is aiming to raise £1,000 for Ryedale Special Families – a Malton based charity that aims to provide relief for children and young adults with disabilities and special needs in the Ryedale area.
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