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Cyclists to ride from Yorkshire to Westminster in memory of murdered MP Jo Cox

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 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.

Simon joined as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.

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bobbinogs | 6 years 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...

Valbrona | 6 years ago

But the BBC website says it's a scooter ride.

curdins | 6 years ago

On the homepage it reads 'Yorkshire to Westminster ibike ride n memory of Jo Cox'

curdins | 6 years ago

Please fix that headline.

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