CYCLISTS are being urged to get on-line - but the call has nothing to do with computers.

The first official mass ride along the old Scarborough to Whitby railway line will be on October 21 and organisers hope hundreds of riders will turn up.

The path of the old line has been converted and is about to become part of the National Cycle Route.

The mass ride will be the first time the full route will have been ridden. Among those who could be taking part are TV personality Sir Jimmy Savile and local Labour MP Lawrie Quinn.

The ride will begin at Larpool viaduct, Whitby, at 11am - the first time the viaduct has been officially open since 1964.

It will end with a reception at the Gladstone and Falsgrave Recreation Centre, Scarborough, at 3pm.

The event has been organised by the local council and Scarborough Cycle Forum to promote cycling as a healthy and environmentally-friendly form of transport.

The cost of taking part will be £1, which will cover the cost of refreshments, a T-shirt, a certificate and entry to a raffle.

Those who do not have a bicycle, or can not get them to Whitby, will be able to hire one for free.

Anyone wanting to take advantage of this offer should contact the council's events organiser, Kerry Lee, on (01723) 381348.