It’s a once-in-a-lifetime event... and what better way to mark it than to saddle up and enjoy the ride!
To celebrate the arrival of the Tour de France in Yorkshire, we’re encouraging our readers to boost health and fitness across the county by taking up cycling.
Our Let’s Get Cycling project is a chance for everyone – no matter what age – to embrace the cycling spirit of Le Tour.
We are calling on families, schools, communities and businesses in Morley to get involved in the initiative, which is being backed by everyone from health organisations and local authorities to cycling superstars and Grand Depart organisers.
And as a starting point we want you seasoned cyclists to tell us why you love taking to two wheels – to encourage others to do the same.
You might be a hardened race cyclist, a student who cycles to school, a businessman or woman who cycles to work – or maybe you’re a family who loves going cycling together of a weekend.
Despite the fact that more people own a bike than own a car in the UK, only 13 per cent of people in Yorkshire and the Humber cycle at least monthly at present.
Through how-to guides, special reports, giveaways and competitions published online and in print, we hope to help the cycling legacy of Le Tour flourish in our region.
One of the first backers of the campaign is Morley’s Bruntcliffe School where many pupils cycle to and from home every day.
Headteacher Heather Scott said: “Campaigns like this really wet the appetite and make the most of that fact that this fantastic event is happening not just in our county but in our town.
“With cycling there is a health aspect. If our pupils are cycling to school or through activities with their friends, it’s a really good way to keep fit.”
As the excitement builds ahead of the Tour de France’s Yorkshire debut, we want you to tell us your cycling stories.
We would love to hear from you, whether it be sharing pictures of how you’re embracing Let’s Get Cycling by setting out on your first ride in years or emailing us about how important cycling is to you.
Tweet @MorleyOb, share pictures on our Facebook page, email firstname.lastname@example.org, write to us at Morley Observer and Advertiser, Floor 5, 26 Whitehall Road. Leeds, LS12 1BE, or phone the team on 0113 252 3456.