Tour de France: Chance to ride stage one

Picture Bruce Rollinson
Picture Bruce Rollinson

A charity is giving people across North Yorkshire the chance to ride the first stage of the 2014 Tour de France and raise money for a good cause.

Type 1 diabetes research charity JDRF has launched the Tour de Type 1 event.

Taking place after the world’s largest annual sporting extravaganza passes through the district, the July 11-13 event is open to all cyclists.

Those who take part can choose to replicate the entire 118-mile first stage of the race, cycling from Leeds Town Hall, or a choice of two 58 or 85-mile reduced versions of the stage beginning from Skipton.

Already signed up is Gareth Rowbotham.

He said: “The chance to ride the first stage of next year’s Tour de France when it visits Yorkshire is one I couldn’t pass up.

“I’ll be fundraising in earnest and training hard, so that when next summer comes around, I’ll be able to taste a bit of the Tour de France magic for myself!”

“As the father of a teen who lives with type 1 diabetes, I have done a lot of fundraising in the past.

“I’ve ridden from London to Paris twice as well as riding from Whitehaven to Newcastle all in search of a cure.”

The full ride will follow the route of stage one, leaving Leeds and travelling through Harewood, Skipton, Masham and Ripon before reaching Harrogate.

400,000 people in the UK live with type 1 diabetes, including 29,000 children.

A June JDRF event is fully booked, and organisers urge those wishing to be involved to register their interest soon.

For further information, contact Elizabeth Isle from JDRF challenge events on 020 7841 3625 or visit