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Tour de Tidal

"A lazily energetic bike ride around the Vale of York over a summer weekend to raise money for Tidal".

The Tour de France brought cycling fever to Yorkshire in 2014, and Tidal made the decision to fundraise with pedal power the following summer. Their fundraising ride in 2015 brought in just shy of £4000 toward the charity's running costs.

I was recruited to help organise the ride, tweak the planned route, test the route, and lead the group of mixed ability cyclists on the ride and during training rides.

We rode from central Leeds to the picturesque village of Kilburn, on the border of the North York Moors national park. Flat fields, sleepy country roads and riverside bike paths took us most of the way, with a short stretch on converted railway line leading us into York. For the more hardcore riders who wanted to flex their leg muscles, there was an optional climb up White Horse Bank - boasting a 25% gradient in places.

White Horse Bank

Excellent catering and a comfortable indoor camp in the town hall gave the ride a casual tone, and a couple of pints at the local pub ensured good camaraderie.

All in all the ride was a great success.