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Le Petit Depart 2016 - Team Challenge

Local businesses and groups are being invited to enter teams of five riders to take part in the inaugural JACS Trade and DIY Team Challenge at Le Petit Depart 2016.

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With two stunning routes on offer at 38 miles and 80 miles, teams can enter to ride either event or mix up which ride they enter. Teams can also be mixed or single sex to make the event inclusive to anyone who fancies taking part.

The average speeds of each rider will be used to create an average team speed as the sportive is not a race. So far there five teams have entered, including a mixed team from Craven College, who are all riding the 80-mile route.

Over 1,000 riders are expected to enter the 2016 event after a record breaking 220 riders signed up during January.

Craven District Councillor Linda Brockbank, Lead Member for Communities, said: "It's great to see so many people entering the sportive and taking advantage of our Early Bird Discount.

"I think the Team Challenge is a great idea and perfect for friends and workmates to enjoy a day riding around the stunning Yorkshire Dales."

Gavin Haworth, from JACS Trade and DIY said: "We're really looking forward to the Team Challenge.  We've had a team of staff and customers ride the event each year and other groups enter as teams so it makes sense to create this new part of the event and invite other businesses and groups to take part.  We look forward to awarding the JACS Trade and DIY Team Challenge trophy to the team with the best average speed."

Skipton Cycling Club chairperson Caran Stephenson said: "Lots of people think that cycling is a solo sport but in fact it's a very social and friendly sport. On our club rides everyone is talking to each other as we ride along. It's great to add the JACS Trade and DIY Team Challenge to the event and we extend a warm welcome to all those that enter."

The event is led by Craven District Council as part of the council's Cycle Yorkshire legacy work inspired by the Tour de France, and is supported by the recently reformed Skipton Cycling Club.

The club uses the event to raise funds in support of club development and over £5,000 has been raised in the last two years in support of projects like Skipton Junior Riders.

There are monthly spot prizes available for people who sign up to the ride each month, including £50 JACS Trade and DIY voucher for those from BD postcodes, and Hope Technology products and a £75 bottom bracket up for grabs this month.

For full event details and to download the team registration form, go to: www.lepetitdepart.co.uk/index2.html