VIDEO: Cyclists take on Tour de France route during Wakefield Hospice Sportive

Cyclists took on some of the gruelling hills that will form part of next year’s Tour de France route when it comes to Yorkshire.

For the first time in its history the annual competition will start in the county next year, seeing professional riders cycle from Leeds to Harrogate and York to Sheffield.

Wakefields first The Dark Peak Sportive. (W565K340)

Wakefields first The Dark Peak Sportive. (W565K340)

On Saturday more than 300 amateur cyclists saddled up and got a taste of what they can expect during a fundraiser for Wakefield Hospice.

The charity’s first ever Sportive - The Dark Peak - took cyclists on a 75-mile route from Wakefield through Holme Moss, then Snake Pass, The Strines before returning via Penistone.

Event fundraiser Danielle Cain said: “We’re delighted our first ever hospice sportive was a huge success and are already looking forward to next years event in the year of Le Tour de Yorkshire.

“We could not have achieved this without the support of our sponsors SB Wakefield, Calder Clarion, The Wakefield Triathlon Club and our huge team of volunteers.

“We are so grateful for their support. “

The event raised around £10,000 for the hospice and it will return next September.