An inspirational team of cyclists completed a mammoth bike challenge to raise money for a new sixth form centre for Calderdale’s only special education high school.
Ravenscliffe High School’s Big Bike Bash Two was organised to run exactly one year on from the Tour de France in Yorkshire and raised more than £2,000 for the Ravenscliffe@SpringHall project.
The money raised will now go towards equipping the school at the Spring Hall site, Huddersfield Road.
A peloton of 20 staff, friends, supporters, plus five wheelchair users and four able-bodied students completed the 41-mile legacy ride of the Tour de France and Tour de Yorkshire routes on Saturday.
Beginning at Ravenscliffe, Skircoat Green, the team made their way through Sowerby Bridge, into Ripponden and up to the top of Cragg Vale.
The peloton moved through Mytholmroyd, Hebden Bridge and Oxenhope, before heading over the moors into Wainstalls and descending into the town centre.
The riders then made their way into Brighouse, along the canal into Copley, before tackling the final climb back to the school
But before the challenging final push uphill to the finish line, the team at the Watermill, Salterhebble, offered the riders a much-needed celebratory drink.
And when the team arrived back in school, hundreds of people welcomed the riders back to the school with a standing ovation.
Head teacher, Martin Moorman, said: “Bike Bash Two was even better than Bike Bash One. The sense of achievement for the four students who rode the whole route was fantastic.
“To get four of our wheelchair users to ride more than 70 miles of it as a group gave them something lots of riders in the mainstream take for granted.
“We reckon to have raised more than £2,000, whilst also have a day to remember - priceless.
“Thank you to the staff at the Watermill and Suma for their support.”
Joanne Greenwood, whose son Nathan took part in the ride, added: “The dedication & motivation from all involved was truly inspirational.”
And Corinne Malon, whose son Joseph also took part, said: “Joseph was very excited to be taking part in the big bike bash .
“It gave him the opportunity to take part in an event and to experience the thrill of riding a bike on the open road with friends and staff who he loves spending time with .
“As parents we were thrilled and delighted to see Joseph having such a wonderful time. Well done to all students and staff who took part, it was an amazing day.”
And the day went so well that a third event is planned for Sunday, July 9, which will take in the town centres across Calderdale.
The team at Ravenscliffe now hope that even more sponsors will come forward to sponsor rooms - Calderdale Rotarians, Covea and Lloyds Banking Group have already pledged their support.
Anyone interested in helping the school with its final push to equip the building should contact the school at firstname.lastname@example.org or ring 01422 358621.