Beryl Burton’s daughter to ride in Tour de Yorkshire Ride Cycletta
The daughter of Beryl Burton, one of Britain’s greatest female cyclists, will ride in the Tour de Yorkshire Ride Cycletta.
Denise Burton-Cole will take part in the women’s only cycle ride in Wakefield on Sunday, May 3.
Mrs Burton-Cole, also a top cyclist, rode alongside her mum for Great Britain in the 1972 World Championship and won bronze in the 1975 World Individual Pursuit Championship.
Mrs Burton, who rode mainly for the Morley Cycling Club before moving to the Knaresborough Cycling Club, won seven world titles and 96 national titles during her career.
She set a women’s record in the 12-hour time-trials which beat the men’s record for two years and features in the British Cycling Hall of Fame.
Joining Mrs Burton-Cole in riding the Cycletta will be her daughter, Anna.
Mrs Burton-Cole said: “I am absolutely delighted to be taking part in this event. It is fantastic for Yorkshire to have an international cycle race and for a mass participation women’s event to run alongside it on the last day is terrific. I can’t wait to be part of it.”
Organisers hope hundreds of women will take part in the race and see the health benefits of taking up cycling.
Welcome to Yorkshire chief executive Gary Verity said: “It is great to have Denise in the Tour de Yorkshire Cycletta Ride. Denise was inspired by her mother to take up cycling and went on to become a medal winner and now Denise is inspiring other women to take up the sport.”
Starting on Friday, May 1 the Tour de Yorkshire takes place in three stages and the final stage will start in Wakefield city centre on Sunday, May 3.
Nearly 300 women have already signed up to Cycletta.
To enter visit www.letour.yorkshire.com/tour-de-yorkshire/sportive