Anyone who thought Bankstone had finally given up on all that monkey bike nonsense had better brace themselves for a rude awakening. The charity fundraising tour of Yorkshire on undersized motorcycles thing is back!

Bandwaggoning shamelessly on the Tour de Yorkshire hoopla, this year’s theme is hill climbs, with the two-day itinerary taking in the ten toughest ascents in all of Yorkshireshire (cue: inevitable mechanical failure, foul language, bike abuse, interminable delay etc).

Yellow jerseys will be the order of the day on 4-5th July* this year as Bankstone and friends (yes, they have friends) will be taking to the tarmac to raise funds for life saving charity YAA (as seen in TVs Helicopter Heroes).

A snappy name for the event has yet to be hit upon. Previous “snappy names” include Monkey Monopoly, Monkey Moviestars, Medieval Monkeys and Arctic Monkeys (that last one might not have been ours actually). All suggestions welcomed via editor@bankstone-news.co.uk.

If you would like to take part, you probably need to stand back and take a deep breath, quickly followed by a long hard look at yourself: has it really come to this?!

If you honestly believe it has, contact dtysoe@bankstone.co.uk and prepare to live out your every childhood fantasy of toiling up and down a seemingly endless sheep-fringed ribbon of road draped carelessly across the bleak and windswept Yorkshire uplands in company with this lot:

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