A DISABLED woman who took up cycling 12 months ago will help start the Tour de Yorkshire.

Bethany Playforth, of Bridlington, will flag the start of the race when it leaves The Spa on May 1.

Bethany will be joined by three fellow service users from Priory View Day Centre – James Kilner, John Turner, and Leona Hull – who will all be using specially-adapted bikes with the support of staff to help launch the race.

Bethany will be one of about 20 service users from Bridlington Day Services raising money for a new bike for the scheme by cycling or walking one of two routes – a two-mile route from the All Ride base on Bridlington’s North Promenade to Sewerby Hall; or a one-mile route from the Bridlington Coastguard Station to Sewerby Hall.

Bethany has been a regular user of All Ride since the scheme was launched last June and she is now trying to raise the £4,000 needed to purchase a wheelchair-adapted bike so another disabled person can benefit from the scheme too.

The sponsored event will start at 10.30am. Anyone wanting to sponsor Bethany’s event can phone Priory View on 01262 602477.