What a way to celebrate your 50th birthday!

Pete Fitzpatrick
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Cyclist Pete Fitzpatrick came up with a novel way to mark his 50th birthday - by riding up Calderdale’s 50 best hill climbs.

The local cyclist has spent the last 12 months riding round the borough putting together a selection of hill climbs he feels are the best the area has to offer after being inspired by this summer’s Grand Depart.

Hundreds of thousands of people lined the route as the Tour de France went through Hebden Bridge, Mytholmroyd, Cragg Vale and Elland.

He is now challenging other cyclists to follow in his tracks and climb the Calderdale 50.

He said: “The routes vary considerably. There’s a 12km ride from Stainland up Saddleworth Road with over 400 metres of climb, and at the other extreme there’s the short sharp shock of The Buttress in Hebden Bridge.

“This ride is only 300 metres long but it’s paved all the way with steep cobbles - it’ll have even the fittest cyclist struggling for breath.

“Climb all the routes and you’ll know the borough like never before.”

Pete will create a wall of fame on his website for those who complete the challenge. If you do, you can email calderdale50@gmail.com.