PLANS to run another successful Tour de Yorkshire might have been punctured by the pandemic - but Rotherham cyclist Andy Laidler didn't let that put him off riding the route himself.
The Sitwell Cycling Club member aims to complete the race route over nine days in aid of Alzheimer's Research.
Andy, of Ravenfield, was planning to take on the challenge of completing each stage of the Tour de Yorkshire solo the day after the professionals back in May - until the onset of coronavirus lead to the race being cancelled and Andy's plans being put on ice.
However, keen to get the show back on the road, Andy got pedalling last week and aims to complete the route by Friday.
The already mammoth endeavour has been extended to include the distance between the end point of the previous stage and the start of next stage, adding a further 260 miles on to the already tough original total of 400 miles.
Andy's personal inspiration for picking his chosen charity is having lost his father, at the age of 64, and grandmother to the disease in the past year.
The route of the 2020 Tour de Yorkshire - taking in the Yorkshire Coast between Beverley and Redcar on day one, continuing through the Dales from Skipton to Leyburn and finishing up with a run through the Pennines from Barnsley to Huddersfield - was said by many to be the toughest edition since starting in 2015 as the legacy race of the Tour de France Grand Depart.
And before he set off, Andy admitted his task was pretty daunting, saying: “I'm no stranger to a big day out on the bike but I've never come close to attempting a challenge as big as this.
“However, the suffering I will go through will be nothing to what a person with dementia and their family have to go through on a daily basis, so I felt I had to make my challenge even harder than I first planned.”
Visit www.justgiving.com/fundraising/andylaidler2020 to donate to Andy's appeal.
The Tour de Yorkshire was postponed in early March as the coronavirus pandemic developed and was due to be rescheduled later this year.
But the future of the race is reportedly in doubt after organising body Welcome to Yorkshire suffering financial uncertainty.