Weekender: Urban cycling challenge to return for second year

Urban charity cycling challenge The Rampage is back in Leeds for a second year.

Organisers say that the July contest is set to be one of the region’s best free of charge spectator events of the year.

The Rampage will see pairs of cyclists, of all ages and abilities, complete the lung-busting climb up to the summit of Hammerson’s perpetually climbing Victoria Leeds multi-storey car park from 5pm on Thursday 4 July.

It is the concept of Rupert Visick, Managing Director of Leeds property consultancy, Gent Visick. He said: “The Rampage was the first cycling challenge of its kind in the UK when it launched in Leeds last year and was a huge success. This year, it will be even bigger and better, with a new timing system, large warm up area and everyone will get at least two rides of the course.

“It’s a great event for spectators to enjoy against a backdrop of live music, and great local food and drink, so there’s something for everyone. Plus, Red Bull has come on board to support us which speaks volumes about the quality of The Rampage and we’re looking forward to raising money for two very deserving charities.”

This year’s event is supported by Red Bull, which will lay on DJs to create an electric atmosphere for spectators in the finish zone.  Leeds eatery East 59th will provide BBQ, North Brewing Co will serve craft ale and spectators can also enjoy coffee served by Rapha.

This year competitors in the open, female and under 18 categories, will get at least two runs up the course, supported by professional electronic timing. Setting off at one-minute intervals, the quickest riders will compete in a series of head to head knockout rounds before the eventual winners are crowned.

All money raised will be shared by LandAid and Variety the Children’s Charity. The Rampage is sponsored by Gent Visick, LeedsBID and Strata with support from All Things Ride, Chevin Cycles, Spokd, Finn PR and SLBPR.