On Saturday 14th September, riders on The Great Nidd Bike Ride enjoyed welcome refreshments provided by Harrogate RRT. This challenging 50-mile ride takes the participants through beautiful Yorkshire countryside, including some gruelling hill climbs, so the refreshment stop was much appreciated!
The ride starts from The Station Hotel in Birstwith and follows the River Nidd up the valley through Pateley Bridge to Lofthouse. The route then goes over the top to Fearby near Masham before heading back via Kirby Malzard and Studley Roger, to Birstwith. Local business made generous donations to help provide the refreshments, which were served by the Rapid Relief Team.
The ride is organised by fundraising group, Arctic to Africa, who are part way through a mammoth four and a half thousand miles cycle event from the Artic to Africa. What a challenge! The riders set off on the first leg of this epic journey on the 18th of June 2017 from Nordkapp, finishing this first stage two weeks later in Gothenburg. Stage 2 of the trip began on 7th August 2018, in Gothenburg and finished 15 days and 1500 miles later in Monaco. On the 8th October, the final stage will begin in Monaco, with the riders hoping to complete their mammoth challenge in Ceuta on 23rd October.
Both The Great Nidd Bike Ride and the Artic to Africa challenge are raising money for Alzheimer’s Research UK. The charity is the UK’s leading dementia research charity, dedicated to causes, diagnosis, prevention, treatment and cure. Backed by passionate scientists and supporters, they are challenging the way people think about dementia, uniting the big thinkers in the field and funding the innovative science that will deliver a cure.