Ripon Cyclists Ride Stage 1
Ripon Cyclists Support Le Tour Ripon
On Sunday July 10th a group of Ripon cyclists decided to ride Stage 1 of the 2014 Tour de France through the Yorkshire Dales. The group was brought together by Ripon cyclist and owner of Moonglu bike shop Neil Dunkley and included local cyclist and also fellow Le Tour Ripon organiser Alastair Little.
Video from the Tour Stage 1 route
Timed to coincide with 1 year to go until the Tour passes through Ripon, the group had been planning to ride the 120mile route for a number of months and July seemed like the perfect time. The ride also worked out perfectly for the arrival of the ‘Ripon supports Le Tour Yorkshire’ banners. Designed by local artist and fellow Le Tour Ripon organiser David Stead, the logo can now be seen on banners positioned above 4 roads around the city.
The riders took a route that started and finished in Ripon market square, riding over to Harrogate, across to Harewood, then following the official route through the Yorkshire Dales back to Ripon. They covered the route in 7 1/2 hrs riding time on a baking hot day, Neil estimated that he consumed 12 litres of water during the ride.
The nine riders to complete the route were Neil Dunkley, Alastair Little, David Fell, Mark Ambridge, Chris Beadle, Trevor Schofield, Jon Schofield, Terry Ashmore and David Moss Blundell
The start was attended by local ITV news reporter and Ripon resident Claire Montgomery, she wrote a piece for the ITV Tyne Tees news website.