Exuberant great mounds of eagerly pulsating excitement continue to pile up around Bankstone’s forthcoming summer charity fundraising weekend. As usual it involves riding monkey bikes round some of the more scenic bits of Yorkshire in aid of Yorkshire Air Ambulance YAA.

But this year its theme will have a distinctively Gallic whiff. Commander Vicky Tyson and his crew are planning to pre-trace the route of this year’s Tour de France event, which kicks off with a two-day jaunt around, you guessed it, “some of the more scenic bits of Yorkshire”.

The official timetable for the TdeF itself predicts that on the morning of Samedi 5 Juillet the main cortege of riders will be passing by Commander T’s very front door in scenic commuter resort Addingham, en route from Leeds to Harrogate via quaintly named places like Starbotton, Aysgarth, Worton, Muker, Grinton, Masham, Wormaid Green and Killinghall.

The following day they will return southwards, passing Commander’s T’s door at around the same time, en route from York to Sheffield, having already passed Greenbeck, Starbeck and the infamous Côte de Blubberhouses, with Keighley, Haworth, Mytholmroyd and Thongsbridge still ahead, not to mention the Côtes of Ripponden, Greetland, Holm Moss, Midhopestones, Bradfiled and Oughtibridge.

For further details of this exciting itinerary (some or all of which Bankstone and friends will be following a week or two before the men in lycra, although it might be prudent to give Leeds and Sheffield a miss), see the Tour website here.

To sign up for your chance to participate in this unique event, email Commander Tyson today (own stripey blue and white teeshirt, beret and garlic rope an advantage)!



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