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BBC’s Harry Gration and Amy Garcia cycle through Calderdale in the Sport Relief Tandem Tour de Yorkshire

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Hundreds of people came out to cheer on BBC Look North broadcasters Harry Gration and Amy Garcia in their eight day Tandem Tour de Yorkshire cycle for Sport Relief 2014.

It’s the sixth day of the 250 mile cycle which started from Leeds Town Hall on March 14 and is in Calderdale, today.

The TV duo will be put to the test today as they cycle through the planned Tour de France route of Calderdale - including England’s longest continuous incline from Mytholmroyd to Blackstone Edge, via Cragg Vale.

Speaking in Hebden Bridge, Harry said he was “terrified” at the prospect of the next part of the journey.

He said: “I’m struggling with a bad back which is making the next part of the journey [Cragg Vale] seem terrifying. But the support of people coming out to cheer us on is incredible - people have embraced Sport Relief.”

Harry said he is dreading tomorrow’s leg of the journey - from Elland to Langsett.

“The weather is forecast to be horrendous tomorrow with possible snow; according to Paul Hudson.

“Today, the weather is fantastic - it makes such a difference.”

Amy said: “A new baby, a new job – I thought I’d take on another challenge. It’s been four years since I’ve ridden a bike so there’s lots of work to do.”

The charity cycle will continue through Calderdale and the celebrity cyclists who are joined by Ravensthorpe and Ilkley cycling clubs are expected to arrive in Ripponden at 2.30pm today and lastly in Elland, breaking on the B6113 where Rochdale Road meets Stainland Road, at around 4pm before they leave Calderdale tomorrow.

Speaking at West Vale, Elland, Amy said: “Ripponden Bank was the hardest part of the tour so far - the wind was really in our faces.”

Amy said she is looking forward to putting her feet up on Friday.

Greetland resident Rosemar Wright said: “It’s brilliant what they’re doing - all credit to them. I think it will be hard for them tomorrow.”

The charity cycle has already raised an impressive £25,000 for Sport Relief - a Comic Relief charity giving aid and support to disadvantaged communities, children and young people in the UK and abroad.

To donate £1 text BIKE to 70011 or donate online www.justgiving.com/tandemtour

The broadcasters Tandem Tour de Yorkshire will finish in Sheffield on March 21, the official commencement of Sport Relief 2014 - March 21- 23.

 

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