Yorkshire Times
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2:32 PM 5th May 2021

Charity Bike Challenge To Be Opened By Inspiring Yorkshire Rower Helen Butters

On Sunday 25th July, Yorkshire’s Brain Tumour Charity will be taking over York Cycle Circuit at the University of York for the Big Bike Challenge, a 4-hour endurance event raising money to fund vital brain tumour research and support in Yorkshire.

Inspiring Yorkshire rower Helen Butters, who was one of a team of four Yorkshire mothers who crossed the Atlantic, will be opening the event and cheering the cyclists on.

The Big Bike Challenge brings out cyclists’ competitive side in order to raise money for charity. Cyclists can choose to compete either as a soloist or as part of a relay team, and will have 4 hours to complete as many laps of the 1km private circuit as you can. Cyclists must raise a minimum of £100 sponsorship, and will receive a YBTC-branded T-shirt and medal in return.

This year, the cyclists will have Helen Butters there to support and encourage them, along with their friends and family members.

York-based Helen Butters was one of a team of four Yorkshire mothers who set a Guinness World Record as the oldest all-female crew to cross an ocean in 2015/16. She sailed for 67 days from San Sebastian in the Canary Islands to English Harbour in Antigua as part of the 3000-mile Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge. Helen’s teammates were Janette Benaddi, Frances Davies and Niki Doeg, all fellow mums at her children’s school.

Not satisfied with breaking records on the water, Helen and her teammates will be taking on another challenge in 2021; undertaking the 1000-mile bike ride from Maggie’s Cancer Care Centre in Leeds all the way to Maggie’s in Barcelona.

Giving a speech to open the Big Bike Challenge, Helen’s bravery and determination are sure to inspire and motivate the cyclists raising money for Yorkshire’s Brain Tumour Charity.

Find out more about the Big Bike Challenge

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