Mayor takes part in city’s Tour de France challenge

Mayor John Barry with health and fitness co-ordinator Ben France.
Mayor John Barry with health and fitness co-ordinator Ben France.

The Mayor of Lancaster has helped get the wheels in motion of a special cycling challenge to raise cash for charity.

Coun Jon Barry sounded the starting bell of the Tour de Salt Ayre, a static bike ride challenge which aims to cover 2,097 miles, the same distance as the Tour de France course.

The challenge runs throughout the three week duration of the real life race and is raising money for the Mayor’s Charities - St John’s Hospice and a collection of local wildlife charities.

Coun Barry contributed 12.1 miles and is encouraging members of the public to sign up and have a go as well.

A minimum donation of £1 per cycled slot is required from each participant and everyone who takes part will be entered into a prize draw, with the chance to win a mountain bike.

To get involved and pre-book your cycling slot call Salt Ayre reception on 01524 847540.

Coun Barry said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for members of the public to get involved in a fun cycling challenge which is raising money for local charities.

“There has been lots of interest so far, and I would be interested to see if we can manage to travel the route more than once in the allocated time!”

Staff from Lancaster City Council also proved themselves to be cycling enthusiasts recently when they pedalled their way to victory in the Lancashire Cycle Challenge by clocking up 10,136 miles.

The challenge pits employers in a head-to-head battle to see who can encourage most staff to cycle. Other entrants included Lancaster University, West Lancashire Borough Council and Blackburn with Darwen Council.

To top off the win in the Lancashire challenge, the city council also came third in the National Cycle Challenge.