‘TOUR DE FRACK’ AIMS TO PROTECT YORKSHIRE FROM FRACKING, SAY RYEDALE CYCLING DUO

Two determined cyclists are set to highlight their concerns over large scale fracking in the North of England by cycling 120 miles between two approved fracking sites in Yorkshire & Lancashire.

Over 2 days David Davis and Stuart Leach will cycle between Preston New Road near Blackpool and Kirby Misperton in Ryedale, North Yorkshire. They plan to arrive just before Stage 1 of The Tour De Yorkshire passes close to the KM8 well site.

Stuart Leach, cyclist and spokesperson on the “Tour de Frack”, says, “Yorkshire is rapidly establishing itself worldwide as a major destination for cyclists due to outstanding scenery, quiet rural roads and some challenging climbs.

“It hosted the Grand Depart of 2014 Tour De France generating an income estimated to be £100m and gave birth to the highly successful and internationally renowned annual 3 day Tour de Yorkshire.

“All this success is threatened by the government’s policy of developing a shale gas (fracking) industry mainly in the North of England. The industry is a major threat to the environment but more relevant here the enjoyment of cycling will be badly affected by the associated increase in HGV traffic which will have to use country roads to take water, chemicals and equipment to fracking sites then remove toxic waste water.”

The first 16 miles in Lancashire and final 26 miles in Yorkshire of the Tour de Frack will pass through areas licenced for fracking and if the industry is allowed to develop will contain 100’s of wells. A further licencing round is planned which would see this area extended.

Stage 1 of the Tour De Yorkshire is from Bridlington to Scarborough. Of the 173 km covered 110 km will be within areas licenced for fracking including the tourist areas of The Yorkshire Wolds, North Yorkshire Moors with its heritage railway, Dalby Forest and Vale of Pickering.

David Davis, cyclist from Frack Free Ryedale who is also taking part, says: “It’s not too late. You can join a frack free group such as ours, and help to halt this industry before it gets established. Together we can campaign to preserve the wonderful Yorkshire and Lancashire countryside for future generations of cyclists to enjoy.”

How about joining Stuart and David for the final part of the ride? 

They will have a 30 minute break at Tee-Hee, Market Place, Easingwold  departing at 11-10, then carry on via Brandsby to Hovingham for a 20 minute break at The Worsley Arms, departing at 12-40. They will then take the B1267 to Amotherby to join the TdY route heading North through Breat Barugh, Little Barugh and Kirby Misperton ending at the Kirby Misperton Protection Camp. There are ample opportunities to join at any of these points. If you are not as fast as Bradley Wiggins don’t worry, the target average speed is a modest 10 mph.

We will also turn out to greet their]arrival in Kirby Misperton around 2.20pm for some final motivation, so come along and great the weary travellers if you’re able. Don’t forget to wear your frack free gear and badges, you could even decorate your bike with posters etc.

You can support David and Stuart by donating to their GoFundMe appeal, which is raising money for the Kirby Misperton Protection Camp. To make a donation, click here.