Hospital marks 100-day countdown to cycling world championships
14 June 2019
HOSPITAL staff today geared up for action at the start of the 100-day countdown until the road cycling world championships arrive in Yorkshire.
Keen cyclist, James Goodyear, who is associate director of policy and partnerships at the hospital, is pictured taking a break from his training schedule for a marathon ride across Europe as part of the build up to the UCI road world championships.
James is one of a team that will bear the UCI flag from Innsbruck in Austria – where the last world championships were held – to Yorkshire for this year’s event. All riders will be in the saddle for around 100 miles a day through Austria, Germany, Netherlands and Belgium over seven days.
He is riding to raise money for Leeds Cares, the charity that supports Leeds Teaching Hospitals to provide local and regional services for families across Yorkshire and the Humber.
James, who lives in Kirkstall, said: “I’m really excited about the trip. It’s new territory for me as a cyclist, really. I’ve not ridden as consistently far over this length of time but I’m sure we’ll work as a group to support each other.
“The work that Leeds Cares does to support my colleagues in providing world class health services is really important, so if I can give a little back, I think it’s important to do that.” James has a fundraising page at: www.justgiving.com/fundraising/james-goodyear2
Anyone who is interested in riding with James, or in taking part in one of three shorter one-day sportive routes, riding the same roads and hills as the professionals through some of Yorkshire’s finest countryside, can find more details at the Leeds Cares website: www.leeds-cares.org/uci/.
The Leeds Cares website also gives details about how to volunteer to help raise funds at the event when the seven-day professional world championships takes place in September.