One of our Directors, Mark Henderson has raised almost £1,000 for Leeds Community Foundation after completing The Maserati Tour de Yorkshire sportive, which saw amateur riders complete most of the gruelling final stage of the three-day cycling event.
Mark completed the arduous 90-mile bike ride in typical Yorkshire weather, which included approximately 8,500 feet of climbs, including Hebden Bridge, Oxenhope, Goose Eye, the Cow & Calf and Otley Chevin, in seven hours and 15 minutes.
Leeds Community Foundation works with thousands of local charities in Leeds and last year gave grants to more than 500 community groups. Mark says: “This was probably the toughest ride I’ve ever done, with six punishing climbs in the wind and rain. As I climbed Goose Eye I was suffering with cramp and by the time I got to Ilkley’s Cow & Calf I had to stop so a police officer could give my legs a rubdown!
“However, the crowds around the course were fantastic and to raise so much money for Leeds Community Foundation makes me feel very proud. The Foundation does an amazing job for so many local causes that make a real difference to peoples’ lives and I’m already considering doing it again next year, now I can feel my legs again!”
The Tour de Yorkshire aimed to build on the success of last year’s Tour de France and estimates suggest that almost 1.5m spectators turned out over the three days to watch the event, which was won by Team Sky’s Lars-Petter Nordhaug and televised in 150 countries.
Anyone still wanting to sponsor Mark should visit www.justgiving.com/Brewster-Bye