Innsbruck to Yorkshire Challenge

Yorkshire riders complete 700 mile cycle to bring official UCI Road World Championships flag to the county

We’d like to say a huge well done to our Innsbruck to Yorkshire riders who took part in the first ever charity UCI Road World Championships Flag Relay event to carry the world-famous UCI flag into the county!

The riders set off from Innsbruck – the location of the 2018 Championships – just over a week ago and rode through Austria, Germany, Holland and Belgium before returning to the UK at the weekend with the flag.

James Goodyear and Dylan Hall from Leeds, Simon Woodward from York, Geoffrey Lee from Wetherby, Martin Stoney from Ilkley, Scott Cranmer from Wakefield and David Sanderson from Colchester all tackled the 700 mile, seven day challenge.

 

James Goodyear said: “As a staff member at Leeds Teaching Hospitals, I see how Leeds Cares provides fantastic support to patients and staff, so it was important for me to support them and enable to work that they do. It’s incredibly affecting hearing stories such as Dylan’s. Knowing that staff in the hospital – with support from Leeds Cares – will be able to help people in their times of greatest need was a great motivating factor to dig deep and keep going throughout the challenge.”

Dylan Hall and Martin Stoney were riding in memory of Dylan’s daughter, Ruby, who passed away in 2016 after being treated on the neonatal ward in Leeds. Geoffrey Lee was the oldest member of the team at 72.

Dylan Hall said: “I was a little nervous beforehand and would have liked to have done a little more training, but my legs got me through and over the line. Leeds Teaching Hospitals have done so much for my family and I over the years; looking after my daughter, brother and nephews. Fundraising for Leeds Cares is hugely important to us all, but to be part of something historic like this with the UCI and Leeds Cares involved is amazing.”

You can donate via the official event fundraising website at www.justgiving.com/campaign/innsbruckflagrelay