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Cycling team gears up to take the Tour de Yorkshire route

A team of local amateur cyclists will be testing the Doncaster leg of the Tour de Yorkshire two days early on Thursday 28 April.

The group, which is made up of service users and staff from Aspire Drug and Alcohol Services and Doncaster Public Health, has been training together for a number of weeks, thanks to support from Doncaster Community Leisure Trust (DCLT).

Aspire Agile Case Manager Neil Firbank said: “A huge thanks to Chris Green from DCLT for providing us with bikes and support for this event – and for leading our weekly cycling sessions.

“Cycling is a great form of exercise for people who are in recovery from drug and alcohol addiction. It focuses the mind, creates a feeling of self-worth, and encourages people to support each other in a team setting, as well as improving overall fitness and wellbeing.”

The cyclists will be departing from the village of Hooton Pagnell at 10am on Thursday 28 April, and hope to complete the 50km course in around four hours, when they will be celebrating with a well-deserved cuppa and sandwich at Floristry by Lord Hurst’s in Doncaster town centre.

Neil added: “We’ll be wearing our Aspire cycling shirts so if you see us, please give us a wave to offer your support!”