Castleford man Richard Lunn will take to the saddle next month to raise money in memory of his friend who died of cancer.
Mr Lunn, 34, hopes to raise £1,000 for Cancer Research UK by taking on the 170-mile Way of the Roses bike ride from Morecambe to Bridlington.
His friend and colleague Gordon Wright died of lymphoma - a type of cancer that starts in the lymph glands - last April, aged 40.
Mr Lunn, of Mill Lane, said: “I’ve seen a lot of pain and suffering from cancer and I wanted to raise awareness.
“I’ve only been cycling for six months but I’d been looking for a challenge and this ride seemed like a good test.”
The ride, from April 24 to April 26, is split into three stages.
Mr Lunn will ride 47 milesfrom Morecambe to Cracoe on the first day, then 62 miles to York, and, finally, 61 miles to Bridlington.
He added: “I’d be more confident if it was flat. The second day will be the most difficult as it’s all uphill.”
“I’ve stopped smoking and I’m grilling food rather than frying it in a bid to get fit.”
He originally hoped to raise £500 for the charity but having already reached that target, he now hopes to raise more than £1,000.
For more information on his bike ride or to sponsor him visit www.justgiving.com/Richard-Lunn2