Adrian’s Tour de France test run

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Keen cyclist Lieutenant Colonel Adrian Morley helped prepare Yorkshire for the Tour de France.

The 41-year-old Royal Marine was one of a 70-strong team of armed forces cyclists who pedalled the two-day route from Harewood House on the outskirts of Leeds to Sheffield.

The gruelling 242-mile trip was one of several test exercises to prepare for the cycling event.

And for Adrian, who works at HMS Excellent in Whale Island, in Portsmouth, the chance to cycle the route was a ‘great opportunity.’

He says: ‘I have been road cycling for the last two years and mountain-biking prior to that so it was a fantastic opportunity really to do a key road cycling event.

‘Predominantly, it’s my main method of getting in and out of work – I’m a commuting cyclist Monday to Friday.

‘Cycling is a fantastic opportunity to get outdoors.

‘I ride with about half a dozen or a dozen other riders outside of work as well as the commuting.

‘It’s a discipline that you can test yourself in as an individual but also ride as a group.’

The first day saw Adrian cycle the 118 miles through Skipton and the Yorkshire Dales past Aysgarth Falls and climbing the famous Buttertubs.

On the second day the cyclists made their way out of York across Ilkley Moor through Todmorden into Huddersfield and ascended the long steep climb to Holme Moss.

They completed the day’s 124 mile ride in the famous steel city of Sheffield.

Adrian, from Gosport, adds: ‘I cycle probably between 120 and 200 miles a week.

‘The commuting is the 120 – and then any evening rides or weekend rides are over and above that.’

Nicky Roche, chief executive of the Tour de France Hub, says: ‘We were grateful to the military cyclists for their assistance with our final planned tests to prepare for the race.’