Cyclists urged to saddle up for the Epilepsy Action Harrogate Sportive

8 June 2015

National charity Epilepsy Action is urging cyclists to get on their bikes and take part in the Harrogate Sportive on Sunday 19 July 2015.

The cyclo-sportive raises money to help support people affected by epilepsy in the UK. There are over 51,000 people living with epilepsy in Yorkshire.

Starting and finishing just outside Harrogate, the sportive will take riders out into the stunning Nidderdale countryside. The route will pass through the Nidderdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and the Yorkshire Dales National Park, avoiding major A-roads.

The event will be suitable for cyclists of varying abilities. Riders are able to choose between a 30-mile or 72-mile route.

The Harrogate Sportive is a British Cycling registered sportive. Every cyclist that crosses the finishing line will receive a commemorative T-shirt. Refreshments will be available throughout the day and during the course of the event.

Carl Foster, Fundraising Events Officer at Epilepsy Action, said:

The Harrogate Sportive gives cyclists the chance to take to the streets of Yorkshire and ride through some of the most stunning scenery the county has to offer.

There are two lengths of route on offer, suitable for both novice and elite cyclists. Last year was our first ever sportive and we received fantastic feedback, especially about the route.

We hope to build on this with more sign-ups in 2015 and another fantastic cycling event.

Every penny raised from the Harrogate Sportive will go to Epilepsy Action so every cyclist taking part will really be making a difference to the lives of people with epilepsy.

Entry costs £35 for the 72-mile route and £25 for the 30-mile route. For more information about the Epilepsy Action Harrogate Sportive or to sign up, visit or call the fundraising team on 0113 210 8797.

The closing date for entries Wednesday 15 July 2015. Cyclists must be over 18 to take part.

Epilepsy Action has worked with Cycle Yorkshire and British Cycling to develop the Harrogate Sportive.

This year’s event is supported by Prologue Performance Cycling and Chevin Cycles.

Epilepsy affects around one in every 100 people and 87 people are diagnosed with the condition every day in the UK. Each year, Epilepsy Action directly helps over 1.3 million people through a range of services, including its Epilepsy Action Helpline, freephone 0808 800 5050, branch network, specialist nurse scheme and award-winning website,

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