On May 25th, four members of staff from Freemans Grattan Holdings will be swapping their office chairs for saddles and taking a break from analysing peaks in sales charts to tackle the peaks of Yorkshire in an epic charity challenge. Nathaniel Chang, Simon Warner, John Cook and Paul Simpson will be cycling from Head Office in Bradford to the company’s Contact Centre in Sheffield, following the route of stage three of 2017’s Tour de Yorkshire. They will be tackling what has been described as the toughest stage in the history of the Tour.
Over the course of 205 kilometres (127 miles), the riders will be faced with eight major climbs and 3,517 metres of ascent!
The team will depart from Vicar Lane in Little Germany and ride to the official start of the stage in City Park. From here, they will head to the Yorkshire Dales via Burley-in-Wharfedale and Skipton. The first major climb is the Côte de Silsden, quickly followed by the cobbled rise up Haworth’s picturesque main street. Another climb at Leeming must also be tackled before they face the infamous Côte de Shibden Wall. The Tour de Yorkshire’s description of the stage states that “the riders then embark on a torturous 22km finishing circuit that features no less than four categorised climbs at Deepcar, Wigtwizzle, Ewden Height and Midhopestones before the race reaches its climax at Fox Valley”. Having reached the official end of the stage, the FGH riders still have 10km to go to the finish line at the Contact Centre near Meadowhall.
The team are taking on this epic challenge to add to the current Team FGH pot for Cancer Research UK & Bradford Central Foodbank which do some amazing work.
Talking about the challenge, Paul said “we’re all keen cyclists and have taken advantage of the company’s Ride to Work scheme to buy bikes. We regularly use our bikes to commute but this is going to be a huge challenge due to the extreme distance and the challenging climbs!”. John added “when it was announced that the final stage of the Tour de Yorkshire would be going from Bradford to Sheffield, it seemed like fate due to the locations of our head office and contact centre and we immediately discussed doing it as a challenge to raise money for charity. We were a bit shocked to discover the massive detour via the Yorkshire Dales, but by then the seed was sewn!”.
The ride will start at 6am and the team expect to be in the saddle for 10 hours.