ONE of the best Cycling Sportives in the country is happening again on June 4 and places are still available.

Skipton Cycling Club continues to run the event in memory of Bruce Dinsmore who was the Sports Development Officer for Craven Council and a very popular member of the club. There are two routes taking in some of the most stunning scenery of the Yorkshire Dales and all starting from Skipton Auction Mart.

The original 80-mile sportive route follows much of the Tour de France stage One taking you over three climbs and along six dales. From the head of Wharfedale the route goes over Kidstones, the first official climb of the 2014 Tour de France, then it continues along the Stage One route to Hawes, returning to Skipton via the impressive Ribblehead viaduct, the quaint market town of Settle and the lovely Malhamdale. The 38-mile Scenic route follows the Grand Depart route up and back down the magnificent Upper Wharfedale valley, stretching right up into the heart of the Yorkshire Dales. The route returns via the stunning Bolton Abbey.

Skipton Cycling Club’s Chair said: “This ride is a regular favourite for our Club rides, it’s relatively flat and takes you up and back one of the most beautiful Yorkshire dales.”

The bike event is supporting the local charity of Manorlands Hospice, with donations. There are also some amazing prizes kindly donated from local businesses. Each entrant will get the chance to win a voucher from Skipton bike shop, Chevin Cycles for £550. Plus, Hope Technology have donated some professional specification wheels. Skipton Cycling Club volunteers will be cheering riders along on the day and it's sure to be a fun day on the bike, with lots of feed stations along the way offering proper Yorkshire food. For more information please see our website or contact Mark Wilkins - LPD Organiser - SCC 0782 443 1217