Hundreds get on their bikes in Lewis’s name

Hundreds of cyclists set off from the UCLan sports arena in Preston on a ride to raise funds for the Lewis Balyckyi Trust
Hundreds of cyclists set off from the UCLan sports arena in Preston on a ride to raise funds for the Lewis Balyckyi Trust
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Hundreds of cyclists turned out to take part in a fund-raising ride in memory of a teen who was killed on the roads.

The annual event to support the Lewis Balyckyi Trust Fund saw around 250 cyclists complete a choice of three routes from the UCLan Sports Arena in Tom Benson Way, Preston, on Sunday.

Lewis Balyckyi

Lewis Balyckyi

Lewis was a promising cyclist who was due to move to France to start racing for a French team just two weeks after he was knocked off his bike whilst training in Bretherton in 2011.

The parents of the 18-year-old, Jacqui and Kevin, from Walton-le-Dale, set up the trust to raise funds to enable other young riders to have the chance to race with a development team in Europe.

Around £5,000 was raised from entry fees and a tombola on Sunday, and money will also be donated to the North West Air Ambulance.

Kevin said: “It was a really good turnout. It was a bit chilly in the morning so I was a bit worried, but thankfully people still came.

“It was a brilliant effort and the money raised will enable us to support more young riders.”

The three routes on the day included a 10-mile family ride to an ice cream shop and back.

There was also a 44-mile intermediate ride and a 65-mile trek taking in climbs over the Trough of Bowland and Waddington Fell.