YORK City Knights back row forward Danny Washbrook has promised to cycle the distance of the Tour de Yorkshire in his back garden in order to raise funds to two charities.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic sweeping the country, almost all live sport has been either cancelled or postponed, with all competitive rugby league and the landmark cycling event, the Tour de Yorkshire, among those to be put on hold.

Many sports stars have conjured up various innovative methods of fundraising, with Washbrook now joining the goodwill with his virtual bike ride.

The two-time Challenge Cup winner will cycle 10 miles every day for 38 consecutive days from Monday.

In a statement on Twitter, Washbrook explained: "With the Tour De Yorkshire being cancelled due to the Covid-19 crisis, I have decided to do my own.. in my back garden on my bike and my rolling road - 380 miles, split into 10 mile blocks.

"I will do one block every day until it's done. I will be starting on Monday, April 20.

"It just so happens that 380 miles is the same distance as a round trip from my house to the Budweiser UK headquarters in London and back.

"Budweiser has been my beer of choice during the lockdown! So...

"I'd like as many people as possible to donate the cost the pint of Budweiser (or as many pints as you'd like), so that I can raise as much (money) as possible for NHS Charities Together and Dove House Hospice, two amazing places that need as much extra funding as possible during this time.

"Thanks in advance for your generosity."

To support Washbrook's cause, visit: www.justgiving.com/team/dwashfundraising