They named themselves the Band of Brothers and they vowed to ride in aid of the hospice.
18 Rotherham Hospice supporters, many with personal experience of hospice care, will be taking to the saddle on 30 April for one of the county’s most challenging bike rides.
They will be riding some of the region’s steepest ascents and descents in the 100km Maserati Tour De Yorkshire to raise over £3,000 for the hospice.
It isn't the first time these riders have attempted such a feat… Last year they pedalled all the way from London to Paris to raise thousands for the hospice.
Members of the group include James Roberts and Gareth Russell, who also did a Rotherham to Paris ride for the hospice in 2014, Chris Scopes, of Whiston, and Jamie Heathcote, of Aston, will be riding alongside a Scottish charity rider they met on the trek, Jim Burns, who has decided to raise money for the hospice too.
The members of the group have emotional ties to the hospice. Gareth’s grandparents were cared for there and his mother Denise is a member of the Hospice at Home Team. Chris and Jamie each lost a parent a month apart.
The Maserati Tour De Yorkshire takes place just before The Tour De Yorkshire arrives on its final day. It features 1,974 metres of climbing and includes testing ascents and descents through stunning landscapes. Starting and ending in the Fox Valley, it takes in Holmfirth. Emley Moor. the Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Silkstone, Silkstone Common, Wortley, Deepcar, Oughtibridge, Worrall, Deepcar, Bolsterstone and Stocksbridge.
Chris said: “It’s nowhere near as far as our ride to Paris but it will be much bigger test of our fitness and cycling ability. I was a novice when I started training for the Paris ride, but it gave me the cycling bug. I’m now fitter - and had no problem getting back into the kilt I wore aged 25!
“If we can cope with that, we know we will be fit enough on the day.”
For more information on Rotherham Hospice, head to www.rotherhamhospice.org.uk