TEAMWORK: The Cycle for Life crew in Huddersfield
IF YOU’RE local to Huddersfield you may have seen a group of fit-looking men on their bicycles, often dressed in uniform bright colours.
In case you didn’t call out to them in the hope of finding out more, those men were most likely to have been part of Cycle of Life, a local group of men who get together to ride on a regular basis around the north, talk about health and raise money for charities such as Prostate Cancer UK.
Their mission statement is: “To encourage men to participate in regular exercise in the form of cycling, with a view to improving and promoting black men’s health and well-being.”
In addition to their usual pre-cycle routines which involve prepping for morning rides by stretching and warming up together, Cycle of Life are gearing-up for Prudential’s Ride London which takes place on July 30.
They have committed to rais- ing sponsorship money before the event on behalf of Prostate Cancer UK, a national charity working with celebrities such as David Haye and Linford Christie to educate people as to why black men are more likely than other groups to contract the potentially deadly disease.
The countdown to their summer date will include a series of Huddersfield-based events which will act as fundraising opportunities. Some 16 riders from Cycle of Life will make the trip to London for the big event, however there is room for as many participants as possible to join the group.
The cyclists are putting a call out to other black riders, who are often under-represented when it comes to a presence at such widely publicised charitable events.
As well as looking to expand their Prudential riders, the members of Cycle for Life are hoping to connect with other organisations who want to contribute to the cause.
A spokesperson for the group told The Voice: “We are also seeking sponsorship, this can be monetary, in the form of promotion or marketing, or gifts to give away in raffles.”
The members want readers of The Voice to know that Cycle for Life isn’t just about training and exercise. There are regular meet-ups with fellow riders, some of whom travel from Leeds, Bradford and London to take part.
Cycle of Life began touring North Yorkshire in 2013 before informally teaming up with an- other local cycling group, WOW (Women on Wheels), who offer support along the route.
To offer your own support, call 07806 438123.