Fire crew takes on Tour stint

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A fire crew from Whitby will be seeing how much pedal power they have got themselves before the cyclists battling it out for the Tour de Yorkshire title come to town.

On Wednesday, between 9am and 4pm, a group of fire-fighters from Red Watch will be cycling the length of the third stage of the Tour de Yorkshire which starts in Middlesbrough and finishes in Scarborough 
after passing through Thirsk, Sutton Bank and Whitby.

Between them, Brian Oakley, Hannah Oakley, Frazer Seton, Rich Clark and Dean Grayson will be cycling the 23-mile stretch on turbo trainer bikes situated at Dock End.

Also on the day there will be stationary cycles for the public to have a go on and the person that can do the fastest mile could win a two-course meal for four people at Trenchers fish and chip restaurant.

Karl from Dr Krank’s bike shop on Skinner Street has also been working with the fire brigade and local cycling club Whitby Wheelers to help people who want to take up cycling.

The crew are also using the event as an opportunity to 
increase awareness of road safety in conjunction with national organisation 95 Alive.

Crew member Phil Prudom will be giving first aid advice on how to treat some common cycling injuries and Graham Casper will be promoting general fire safety in the home and especially for B&Bs and hotels which are expecting to be busy as people come to the area to see the Tour de Yorkshire pass through.

Other local businesses such as the Co-op, Baytown Coffee and Billy Wilson’s have donated items to give away to the public on the day.

Watch manager Bri Oakley said: “It is brilliant that the Tour has come twice now and it has created a lot of interest.

“We are all keen cyclists on the watch and think we could pass on some valuable knowledge to other cyclists.

“Off the back of that we are going to try and set up a bike meet once a month for new and young cyclists, taking them out and teaching them general safety and etiquette on the road.

“If they enjoy it they can go onto clubs like Whitby Wheelers. We want people to come over, ask us what we are doing and we will give safety advice and technical information.”