New route for third cycle ride

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A cycle ride in aid of a soldiers’ charity which starts in Stanbridge is inviting participants for the third event.

The ABF Soldiers’ Charity Bike Ride in Bedfordshire is now going into its third year and this year’s event takes place on Sunday, September 6.

The team of volunteers running the event have seen more funds raised and also more riders taking part.

This year’s event will start from the Five Bells Pub in Stanbridge, with the pub being a key partner.

With more riders, an additional 35-mile route has been added to the existing 26 and 64-mile routes.

More than 145 tickets have already been sold with several weeks to go until the big day.

The organisers are aiming to smash last year’s figure by raising even more for the charity.

Over the past two rides, the event has seen more than 800 riders and has raised over £17,000 for the charity.

Jacqui Sage Passant, organiser of the rider, said: “It is great to support soldiers who have served in the past and who are currently serving. Supporting this charity is so rewarding for both myself and the all of the volunteers involved in making the event a success.”

She added: “The generosity of local people shows the support we have for our armed services and how grateful we are for the protection they provide.”

The organisational team also work in partnership with students at Hertfordshire Students’ Union, who play a key part in the logistics and rider management of the event. A key volunteer is Brad Johnson, vice president of communications and media at the Students’ Union.

Jacqui said: “Working with the students at Hertfordshire Students’ Union ‘Raise and Give’ has been great as they can provide the latest technology to help with the smooth running of the event.”

Anyone who wishes to take part in this year’s bike ride should visit the official website at: abfcycleride.co.uk

The prices range from £10 for under 16s, £15 for students in full time education and £20 for adults. The organisers have made tickets free for Army Cycling Union members to reward those who are members.

All tickets are subject to booking fees.

Tickets go off sale on September 1, 2015, after which you will have to pay an increased price on the day.