Young cyclists head for towering charity challenge

Lancaster Youth Challenge team meet Olympic gold medal cyclist, Jason Queally.
Lancaster Youth Challenge team meet Olympic gold medal cyclist, Jason Queally.

Dozens of young people and youth workers from Lancaster district will set off on a Tower to Tower cycle ride later this month.

Members of Lancaster Youth Challenge (LYC) aim to ride 400 miles from the Tower of London to the Eiffel Tower in Paris from May 24.

LYC is a partnership between Lancaster-based organisations which work with young people in deprived areas of the district including The Dukes, YMCA and Marsh Community Centre with support from the national cycling charity, CTC and the Francis C Scott Charitable Trust.

The marathon ride is also backed by Lancashire County Council and is part of The Dukes new cultural partnership with Lancaster University which aims to enrich the city’s cultural life by providing services, opportunities and education to people in Lancaster using the arts.

The cyclists aim to raise more than £2,000 for SHINE, a national charity who support families affected by Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus. This cause is particularly close to the hearts of several of the young team members.

In preparation for the marathon feat, the cyclists have been training hard at Lancaster YMCA and going on practice rides.

They also faced another challenge before setting off – having their legs waxed in public at St Nicholas Arcades – which raised around £300.

The cyclists also received advice and support from Olympic gold medal winner and Lancaster University alumnus Jason Queally who they met during the Roses weekend on campus recently.

The Tower to Tower Cycle follows a similar Lancaster Youth Challenge last year, a cycle ride from Lancaster to Edinburgh which raised £1,500 for local charity Unique Kidz & Co.

Donations for this year’s challenge can be made at