Yorkshire Cancer Research official charity for Tour de Yorkshire 2020

Yorkshire Cancer Research official charity for Tour de Yorkshire 2020

Published by Harry Long at 10:01am 4th March 2020.

A Harrogate-based charity has been chosen as the official charity for the 2020 Tour de Yorkshire.  

  • Yorkshire Cancer Research has been chosen as the official charity for the 2020 Tour de Yorkshire.
  • The charity funds cancer research and services in Harrogate, Craven and Wharfedale.  
  • They're encouraging people to sign up to volunteer and fundraise.  

Yorkshire Cancer Research funds lifesaving research and services throughout Harrogate, Craven and Wharfedale.     

They're encouraging people to sign up to volunteer and fundraise ahead of the race in May. 

As part of this year's race, people with personal experience of cancer will be given the chance to cycle the final kilometre of the route on each of the four stages, crossing the same finish line as the pro cyclists.  

Tour de Yorkshire 2019 - Stage 1
Tour de Yorkshire 2019

  The final kilometre of all bike races is marked by a red flag known as the ‘Flamme Rouge’. Riders will set off from this point ahead of a parade of publicity vehicles called the ‘caravan’ and the professional cyclists -  and cross the finish line in front of huge crowds.  

The charity is also running a 'Shift Gears on Cancer' campaign, to highlight the ways cycling can benefit cancer patients and prevent the disease.  

Dr Kathryn Scott, Chief Executive at Yorkshire Cancer Research, said:

“The Tour de Yorkshire brilliantly showcases the community spirit we’re so proud of in our county. This distinctive spirit is the inspiration behind the ‘Flamme Rouge’ ride and our ambition to celebrate life with and after cancer.

"It’s also a great way to promote the benefits of exercise after a diagnosis of cancer. We’re honoured to be part of this incredible annual spectacle.

“Whether it’s taking part in one of our special rides, volunteering during the weekend or organising a community fundraising event, we’re hoping everyone will come together to help more people in Yorkshire avoid cancer, get the earliest possible diagnosis and access the very best treatments.”

Tour de Yorkshire 2019 - Stage 1

Welcome to Yorkshire’s commercial director Peter Dodd said:

“We’re delighted that Yorkshire Cancer Research is this year’s charity partner. As we always say the Tour de Yorkshire is so much more than a bike race and this is one of the ways it can really help make a difference.

“Every family is affected by cancer either directly or indirectly and it’s great to be able to raise awareness of the great work Yorkshire Cancer Research does across the county.

"The chance for people recovering from or living with cancer to ride the final kilometre of the race and cross the same finish line as the pro cyclists is a wonderful symbol of hope and achievement.”

To get involved in the Shift Gears on Cancer campaign, click here.