VIDEO: 300 cyclists pass through Bridlington as part of £1m charity bike ride

Although the Tour de France will not visit Bridlington next year, around 300 cyclists still descended on the town this lunchtime (Thursday) as part of a £1m charity bike ride.

Huddersfield Town Football Club organised the ride which will raise money for the Yorkshire Air Ambulance and the club’s academy.

Riders set off from Huddersfield to Hull yesterday, then passed through Bridlington on their way to Scarborough, before travelling to Harrogate tomorrow.

The riders - which include the club’s chairman Dean Hoyle, former player Andy Booth and YAA pilot Andy Lister – passed through Bridlington at around midday.

They will then complete their journey by travelling from Harrogate to Town’s Stadium – just in time to complete a lap of honour ahead of Saturday’s npower Championship game against Barnsley.

The 300 strong party is taking on this challenge for the ‘Keep It Up’ campaign, which raises funds for the Yorkshire Air Ambulance and the Huddersfield Town Academy. The ride is expected to take the fundraising total over £1 million.

Chairman Dean Hoyle said: “We’ve gone from 22 riders on the first ride to Southend in 2009 to 300 today and we’re doing the football club proud.

“We’re going to raise lots of money for the Yorkshire Air Ambulance and the Huddersfield Town Academy and we’ll all enjoy doing it – hopefully we will beat the £1 million fundraising mark, which will help to save lives across the county. This is something everyone will do this week that they will remember for the rest of their lives.”

The riders entered the town and cycled down Westgate, High Street, Kirkgate and then up Sewerby Road to Sewerby village, Flamborough and then Bempton.