Tour de Yorkshire in my hometown of Ilkley
By Josie Whitehead
'Why should I take up cycling?
What could it do for me?'
'Well, cycling’s fun - give it a go -
And it’s entirely free.'
'A cycle needs no road tax and,
Of course, no MOT.'
'With no insurance on a bike
That means a lot to me!'
'Well will it do my body good -
Improve my shape and size?'
'You’ll surely shed unwanted weight
With cycling if you’re wise.'
'Your risk of heart disease will drop;
You’ll soon feel great inside.
You’ll show the world a fitter you
And display it with some pride.'
'Will I meet other people too?
New friends are what I need.'
'Come for a family fun run then
Where no-one aims to speed.'
'You’ll pedal through the country lanes
And breathe in good fresh air.
You’ll see your stress disintegrate
As you travel without care.'
'We meet for coffee on the route -
That’s where we sit and chat -
With scones and luscious strawberry jam. I’m sure that you'd like that!'
'Those folk with energy to burn
Can build up cycle speed
But we’ve lots of stages in between
To meet each person’s needs.'
'The members of our club agree
That pedal power’s a treat
So I hope that you’ll be joining us
The next time that we meet.'
'Yes, thanks for everything you've said.
I’ll join you right away,
And I, with bike, will meet you all
For certain next Sunday.'
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