Denise Burton-Cole, the daughter of famous Yorkshire cyclist Beryl Burton, will take on the 50km sportive on Sunday 3rd May, which is being organised by the UK’s largest mass-participation sports event company, Human Race.
Denise, also a top female cyclist, rode alongside her mother for Great Britain in the 1972 World Championship and won bronze in the 1975 World Individual Pursuit Championship.
Denise grew up watching how passionate her mother was about cycling and fell in love with the sport. Joining her in riding the Maserati Tour de Yorkshire Ride Cycletta will be her daughter, Anna.
Beryl Burton, who rode mainly for the Morley Cycling Club before moving to the Knaresborough Cycling Club, won around 100 National Championships and set a women’s record in the 12-hour time-trials which beat the men’s record for two years. She features in the British Cycling Hall of Fame and because of her unrivalled achievements in the sport received an MBE and an OBE.
Denise 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.”
Gary Verity, Chief Executive of Welcome to Yorkshire, 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.”
It is hoped that the Tour de Yorkshire will continue the legacy set by the Grandest ever Grand Départ of the Tour de France in July 2014 and continue to inspire more people to get into cycling and attract more visitors to the county.
Nearly 300 women have already signed up for to ride in the Maserati Tour de Yorkshire Cycletta Ride on Sunday 3rd May. More information about the event and how to enter can be found here: letour.yorkshire.com/tour-de-yorkshire/sportive