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100 mile cycling event set to attract up to 300 cyclists

The annual Wharfedale Ton, a 100-mile charity cycling event involving business professionals riding through the beautiful Yorkshire countryside, is set to attract around 300 cyclists.


Starting at Ilkley Rugby Club from 7.30am on Friday 28th June, the event is organised by the key sponsor, Gordons LLP, the event raises money for Marie Curie Cancer Care Hospice.


The first event in 2016 involved just 120 riders cycling a magnificently scenic route, stretching across Wharfedale from Ilkley to the Vale of York and back again, and raised £6,907. Following its’ success, the Wharfedale Ton has been repeated in 2017, 2018 and 2019, when over 270 riders took part.  With a break in 2020, The Wharfedale Ton returned in 2021, 2022 and 2023 and has now raised over £79,000 in total for the hospice since the inception of the event.


Phil Paget from Gordons LLP said: “It’s fantastic to see so many business people from around Yorkshire getting on their bikes to take on the challenge for such a great cause. We’re also very grateful for the support provided by local businesses in the organisation of the event, as without them the Wharfedale Ton would not be as successful as it is.


“I am very proud of all those who took part, not only for their efforts during the rides but also those who donated so generously for such a good cause. The Marie Curie Cancer Care Hospice provides a range of services for cancer sufferers and their families in Bradford and we are very happy to be able to support the hospice in this way.”


The Entry Fee is £34, which includes a charitable donation of £32.50 per rider plus a processing fee of £1.50. Enter at www.riderhq.com/events/p/wo6c4153/f/wharfedale-ton-2024, entry closes on 27th June.


There is also a shorter 50 mile 'Wharfedale Half Ton' those with less time or less energy or both, and covers just the first and last quarters of the main ride.

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