More than 150 riders have already pledged to raise money for an Armed Forces charity by registering for a cycle ride starting and finishing in the village of Stanbridge.
Organisers of the event say they are working to secure the services of a cycling celebrity to launch the ride from The Five Bells Pub on Sunday, September 15.
There will be two differing length courses (64 and 26 miles) in order to cater to all abilities and experience.
There are currently already more than 150 riders registered and organisers are hoping for 300 cyclists to cross the start line on the day.
Entry fee is £15 for pre registered (£17 on the day) to ride one of the two fully-marshalled routes and includes a complimentary hog roast for all registered riders at the end of the day.
Jacqui Sage-Passant, event director, said: “We’ve been pleasantly surprised with the take up for this cycling event. The success of the cycling at the Olympics from last year has clearly given people an appetite to get on a bicycle, either recreationally or competitively.
“Of course, we are also raising money for a fantastic cause in the form of ABF The Soldiers’ Charity, and all profits will be going straight to them. Locally, there is a huge amount of support for our Armed Forces, and in particular our soldiers, with the villages of Stanbridge and Tilsworth, plus Leighton Buzzard collectively having sent over 5,000 morale packages to our troops in Iraq and Afghanistan.
“As such, it seems appropriate that we continue to show our support when they come home by support the official charity of the Army, The Soldiers’ Charity.
“It’s not yet confirmed at the moment, but we also hoping that one or more big cycling names will be present to start the ride and welcome riders back at the end. However, we already have the Army Cycling team confirmed as participants so there will quite a test for the rest of the competitors!”
Stanbridge Parish Council has sponsoreed the event which has been organised with the help of local company Cycle Tech UK, who there on the day to assist with any mechanical issues .
A spokesman for Stanbridge Parish Council said: “Jacqui has been a dynamo in getting this event going, and her efforts are paying off in tremendous style. With great support not just from local residents, but also from local cycling clubs and people with an interest in cycling, we are sure that we will have a great turn out on the day, with a lot of fun to be had by all.
“As a parish council we are also delighted to be playing our part by sponsoring the day in order that all the profits can go to The Soldiers’ Charity – such an important organisation in showing our soldiers that they will not be forgotten when they return home from truly difficult tours in hostile territory.
“We would welcome all local residents to come down on the day and cheer the cyclist out then back in at the end.”
The ride is being organised with the help of local company Cycle Tech UK, who will be on hand on the day to assist with any mechanical issues and with many other companies sponsoring everything from sports drinks to fruit and energy foods.