Four local people who have used cycling to overcome personal set-backs or inspire others to ride are to lead out a parade cycle ride ahead of the Yorkshire 2019 Para-Cycling International.
For the first time, the Yorkshire 2019 Para-Cycling International will take place alongside the UCI Road World Championships and will see world-class para-athletes leave start points in Beverley, Tadcaster and Wetherby.
The race will take place on Saturday, 21 September and before the actual race Darren Smith, Bethany Playforth, Sarah Robinson and Julie Turner will lead a number of cycle charities and groups as well as members of the public from Saturday Market to one of two stop-off points on the Westwood to cheer on the para-athletes as they leave Beverley.
The main race will start at noon and para-athletes, including Beverley-born Adam Duggleby MBE, who is tandem pilot for partially-sighted Steve Bate MBE, will leave Saturday Market and race through Bishop Burton, Market Weighton, Holme on Spalding Moor, Foggathorpe and Bubwith to the finish at Harrogate.
Later in the day, Steve will be talking about his own inspiring journey of injury and recovery following an accident in 2005 which left him paralysed from the chest down.
There will also be a whole host of activities for people of all ages and abilities to enjoy from stunt bike displays, the chance to try out some crazy and weird bikes as well as having a go on a pump track.
“The Yorkshire 2019 Para-Cycling International is not only giving us the opportunity to celebrate the achievement of these world-class athletes but also to recognise those inspirational people within our own community who have had the determination and strength to overcome their own personal obstacles.”