Great Yorkshire Bike Ride 2012

Jean Burton waving, Elaine Kelly (on outside) and
 Helen Hinde  (at rear) on the hill up to Crake

Helen Hinde riding away
 from followers on
Stillington Beacon

The Great Yorkshire Bike Ride is one of the most popular and successful charity cycle rides in the country. Amongst the riders this year were Jean Burton, Elaine Kelly and Helen Hinde.

The 72 mile ride from Wetherby to the coast at Filey over a beautiful route across the Howardian Hills and Yorkshire Wolds attracted riders of all ages and abilities and has now raised over £2m for it’s recipient charities.

Jean (left) finishes with
 Helen following in.

The ride leaves Wetherby on quiet roads to Easingwold before the first real hill up to the village of Crayke followed almost immediately by the testing Stillington Beacon and 5 miles later, Terrington South Bank in the Howardian Hills.

fter passing through Castle Howard, and dropping down to Malton, the cyclists encountered the only busy road on the route, the short stretch through the town centre. 

Soon they were out in the lanes again and climbing once more into the Yorkshire Wolds. Many riders began to feel the distance and hills on this stretch through Sledmere and Wold Newton.

After Hunmanby, the run in took them through Filey and onto the Cliff Top Country Park.

Jean, Helen, Elaine – Job well done.

All three girls found the route tough in places, but they coped admirably and were able to enjoy the atmosphere and crowds at the finish with the famous bay in front of them framed by Filey Brigg and Flamborough Head.

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