It has been announced that £3,300 was raised for international charity WaterAid by cycling enthusiasts who gathered at Grimwith reservoir near Grassington, North Yorkshire on May 14th 2016.
A total of 80 riders took part in the annual Kelda Sportive, organised by the parent company of Yorkshire Water. Both 50 and 80-mile circular routes were created, meandering through the heart of the Yorkshire Dales along locations such as Grassington, Stainforth, Malham and Appletreewick – the 80-mile route extended as far north as Ingleton.
According to Stephen Nutter, organiser of the cycling challenge, “cycling in the Yorkshire Dales is as popular as it has ever been. This was the third year of the Kelda Sportive, which is going from strength to strength.”
The fastest time on the 50-mile route was three hours and 55 minutes, achieved by Neil Dewis of Hebden Bridge, and on the 80-mile route, the quickest rider – Andy Stoneman of Valley Striders Cycling Club in Leeds – completed the route in four hours and 32 minutes. Over the next few years, Kelda and Yorkshire Water aim to raise £1m for WaterAid to help bring clean water to 130,000 people in Ethiopia.