Cycling is in Help for Heroes’ DNA. The charity was formed as a result of our founders raising money for wounded military personnel in 2007 through a sponsored cycle and the charity’s supporters haven’t stopped pedalling since. Help for Heroes has long championed the role that sport plays in the recovery process for our wounded, injured and sick. For many, it provides a wide range of physical, psychological, social benefits and is often the first step in developing confidence at the start of their long road to recovery.
Adaptive cycling is one of the most accessible of all sports and it is one that has helped many Veterans we support – either from a recreational perspective or moving onto performance cycling, with a number going onto represent their country at a national and international level at events such as the Invictus Games and the Paralympic Games.
So, it is fitting that Help for Heroes has been made the official charity partner for Tour de Yorkshire 2019 and have hundreds of volunteers who will be cheering along the riders. We’ll be out with our collection buckets at the start and finish of each races and along the route too so do look out for us.Not only this, but Veterans that Help for Heroes has supported will be participating in the Tour de Yorkshire Sportive on Sunday 5th May. All types of adaptive bikes will be used, including hand bikes and recumbent trikes but blink and you might miss them, you’ll be amazed how quickly they can go. If you’re there on the Sunday then make sure you give them a wave!
And if all this talk of the great benefits of cycling makes you feel like getting on your own bike, why not sign up to one of our other Help for Heroes cycling events, like our legendary Big Battlefield Bike Ride which mixes challenge with military history – paying our respects to the Heroes of the past whilst cycling alongside the Heroes of today.
Find out more about the Big Battlefield Bike Ride 2020 here.