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It’s all in the mind – cyclists urged to help raise money for student causes

Posted on 4 May 2017

Cyclists are being urged to sign up to the annual YuCycle challenge later this summer and help raise funds for student mental health.


Cyclists are urged to sign up to the event on 11 June

Over the past four years the charity bike ride has raised £40,000 for good causes– and organisers say this year’s event could have the biggest impact yet.

The ride takes place on 11 June and covers some of the most scenic countryside in North Yorkshire, taking in Buttercrambe, Leavening,Thixendale and Kirkham Abbey.

Details of the three routes and how to enter can be found here.

The event is organised by the University of York’s Students’ Union (YUSU) in partnership with the University’s Office of Philanthropic Partnerships and Alumni.

The focus this year is on raising money for the mental and physical wellbeing of students at the University. However, organisers stress participants can raise money for any cause they wish, or ride purely for fun.

The issue of student mental health is a top priority for York and many other UK Universities.

Last year, the University of York announced it was investing up £500,000 in mental health care provision over the next three years to further enhance student support services and strengthen its community partnerships in promoting positive mental well-being.

Isaac Beevor, the President of York Sport Union, said: “This promises to be a great day helping to raise money for fantastic student causes.

“The event is open to everyone, from novice starter to experienced cyclist or a family just wanting to have fun. It should be a great day for all.”

All three routes start and finish at the York Sport Village and showcase Yorkshire’s beautiful scenery. Routes will be fully signposted and marshalled where necessary. Full first aid support and refreshments are provided en route.

If you want to make a difference to a good cause that matters to you, registration is open until 31st May at yucycle.org. If you have any questions about any aspect of the challenge, email yucycle@york.ac.uk

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