04 April 2017
Health & wellbeing
Tour de Yorkshire cycling trophy stops off in Tadcaster
With the start of the Tour de Yorkshire cycling race fast approaching on 28 April, residents in Tadcaster were this week treated to a special preview of the event’s unique trophy.
Designed in a golden ‘Y’ shape by long-standing Yorkshire manufacturing company Thomas Fattorini Ltd, the new trophy will be presented to the first ever winner of the race.
On viewing the coveted prize, a 100-year-old resident commented: ‘It was a lovely treat to see the trophy for this fantastic Yorkshire event and I’m looking forward to watching it when it comes through Tadcaster.’
The independent-minded centenarian very much enjoys living at the Extra Care Housing estate, her home for the last two years. Now a doting great-grandmother, she spends her time reading, socialising and giving the estate's caterers her candid feedback on the lunchtime menu!
Today’s light, efficient bicycles and e-bikes will enable many more people to continue to enjoy the benefits of this healthy mode of transport in later life. Cycling regularly in older age improves fitness levels immensely, while also being a very cheap form of transport for those on a budget. The recent ‘Cycle BOOM’ report from Reading University looked at older people's attitudes towards cycling. The report highlighted that active ageing needs to be promoted in a more positive light, with more emphasis on the health and wellbeing aspects of keeping physically fit. Public spaces should also be designed with cycling in mind at an early stage.
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