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Ride starts in Batley & Spen constituency on 26 July and concludes at Houses of Parliament five days later

A team of cyclists will next month spend five days riding from Yorkshire to London in memory of Jo Cox, the Member of Parliament for Batley and Spen who was murdered a week before the EU Referendum last June.

The second edition of The Jo Cox Way will start at Horbury Bridge in her constituency at 9.15am on Wednesday 26 July and ends at the Houses of Parliament the following Sunday.

Along the way, there will be overnight stops at Birchover, Market Bosworth, Silverstone and Uxbridge.

Besides commemorating Cox’s life, the ride also aims to raise money for the Jo Cox Foundation, set up by the MP’s husband, Brendan Cox.

As well as the 30 people who have committed to ride the full 258-mile route, cyclists are welcome to join them and ride for a full day or part of a day.

Cox’s sister, Kim Leadbeater, has helped with the organisation and will be participating,

Some 300 riders took part in last year’s inaugural edition, including Brian Robinson, the first British cyclist to win a stage of the Tour de France.

Organiser Sarfraz Mian, quoted on the letsride.co.uk website, said: “I didn’t know Jo, but I was struck by her principles and beliefs – and the fact that communities are always stronger when working together.

“Jo worked all her life to make a difference in the world and when Jo died, the country was united in shock and grief. It made everyone stop, think and reassess what was important – and that was, of course, those same things that Jo campaigned for throughout her career.

“The Jo Cox Way is our tribute to her life, her beliefs and all the good work that goes on up and down the UK in our villages, towns and cities.”

This weekend has seen Cox remembered across the UK through thousands of events held under the banner of the Great Get Together.

Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.

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curdins [46 posts] 2 months ago
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Please fix that headline.

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curdins [46 posts] 2 months ago
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On the homepage it reads 'Yorkshire to Westminster ibike ride n memory of Jo Cox'

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Valbrona [193 posts] 2 months ago
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But the BBC website says it's a scooter ride.

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Bobbinogs [250 posts] 2 months ago
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It would be nice to see the MPs get together after this event and then ride a bike to raise funds for all the cyclists murdered on our roads so far this year?  Might even change a few attitudes of our law makers...