Nearly 300 cyclists clocked up hundreds of miles to raise £5,000 for a services charity last week in what is likely to turn out to be a major event on the sporting calendar.
The Cycling Sportive started in Stanbridge with the backing of the parish council, the local pub and businesses and attracted professional and amateur riders from the region.
Saddling up alongside the superfit Army Cycle Team, whose members came from Germany, Cornwall and Wiltshire, were pensioners and children all with one aim - to raise cash for the ABF - the Soldiers’ Charity.
The event was organised by award-winning fundraiser Jacqui Sage Passant who has raised thousands for the charity over the years.
Ther feedback has been so tremendous that next year’s ride is already being planned.
Said Jacqui: “It was a brilliant day. We had an amazing turn-out for the first event”.
There were two routes covering 26 miles or a very challenging and hilly 64 mile route through Beds,Bucks and Herts.
”For our first event we thought we possibly could get to 100 riders but, without a doubt, the fact it’s for the soldiers charity inspired more people to get on their bikes.
“I’d like to thank the parish council, who gave us £1,000, and the Five Bells who offered a free hog roast. The weather didn’t seem
to put anyone off and they faced strong winds. We will be making this an annual event,”