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Posted 1st June 2017

The official charity of Leeds United has joined forces with West Yorkshire Combined Authority (WYCA) and CityConnect to launch a summer fundraising challenge at parks and venues across the city.

The ‘United Cycle Challenge’ takes place on Sunday 25 June with members of the public invited to hop onto their bikes in selected areas across Leeds before cycling to the finish line at Millennium Square

Over 300 participants are expected to take up the ‘funcycle’ which offers riders chosen start points of Elland Road, Middleton Park, Fearnville Leisure Centre and Armley Park. Fundraisers will follow specially constructed route maps, cycle lanes and routes safely towards the city finish line.

Leeds United player, Stuart Dallas, commented: Cycling is really popular activity in the modern day whether it is around the garden, street, local park or more serious rides. The United Cycle Challenge is a great way for people to get their bikes out and raise much needed funds for The Leeds United Foundation so they can continue supporting the most vulnerable people in the city.

“I’d encourage as many people as possible to give it a go and show their support for a great charity and hugely worthy cause.”

The Leeds United Foundation are a registered charity and provide life changing opportunities for children, young people, adults, disabled and the elderly.

Event partners CityConnect, was devised by WYCA in partnership with Leeds City Council and Bradford Metropolitan District Council to improve cycle facilities across West Yorkshire. Established in 2013, CityConnect delivers a series of campaigns and activities across the region to help people get back on their bikes or ride a bike for the first time.

A spokesperson from West Yorkshire Combined Authority, said: “We’re delighted to support the United Cycle Challenge to encourage more children and adults to get on their bikes this summer in such a fun and inclusive event.

“More people choosing cycling, walking or scooting as their natural mode of travel is stated policy of the Combined Authority as it will improve air quality and help to improve physical and mental health. With the United Cycle Challenge supported by CityConnect, the aim is to enable improved access to employment, education and leisure activities.

“We would like to encourage the people of Leeds to embrace this event, try something new and for those who are already keen cyclists, I hope they will encourage their friends and family to take part too.”

The inaugural event is open to all and offers members of the public the opportunity to raise funds for the Foundation to expand their work with the disabled, underprivileged, children, elderly and those most in need.

The Leeds United Foundation, General Manager, Simon Fox, concluded: “Many fundraising challenges can be really tough and sometimes discourage people from taking part. We think it is important to offer one, which is fun, offers different levels of difficulty and allows people a chance to take part and ultimately feel like they are really contributing to their city. There are a number of fantastic cycle lanes in the city and we are in a position to make really good use of them.”

“We also have some exciting partners and participants involved in the event alongside CityConnect who will be revealed in due course and without doubt the hope is that it becomes an annual fixture in the city’s popular event calendar.”

Members of the public who wish to take part in the ride can contact The Leeds United Foundation via thefoundation@leedsunited.com or call 0113 367 6014 for more information or sign up for the challenge.

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