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A first for classic cycle race

Worcester Editorial 23rd Apr, 2014 Updated: 19th Oct, 2016

CYCLING enthusiasts are set to gear up for a mammoth challenge throughout Worcestershire and Herefordshire.

The Listers Jaguar Land Rover Worcester Classic Bike Ride 2014 will see competitors take to the 55, 85 or 100-mile route to raise money for the popular city charity, Acorns Children’s Hospice.

It is the first time the classic race will come to the Faithful City and riders will set off between 7am and 8am, depending on the distance they are riding, on Sunday, July 13, from the David Lloyd leisure club.

Edward Gough, event co-ordinator, said: “It’s accessible for all, we’re not just honing in on the cycling clubs, we want people who aren’t the most confident with the bike to come and have a go.

“I don’t want to hark back to 2012 but the Olympics have given a boost and made cycling accessible for everyone really and we want to give everyone a chance because it is good fun.

“It brings everyone together and makes cycling a bit more appealing, so hopefully it will be a win win.

“Acorns is a local charity and a local inspiration for many people who we speak to and the amount of money they need a day to support a child is extraordinary.

“It needs help to carry the incredible support on and if we can do something that we’re comfortable with and in our comfort zone then it benefits all really.”

The event route has been designed by the Green Bike company in Worcester, with the ride supported by Listers.

Tom Gibson, from Diglis, is one of the competitors set to undertake the 100-mile challenge and aims to raising £1,000 for the hospice.

The 26-year-old, who works in sales, is no stranger to gruelling tasks, having cycled from London to Paris last year.

“I really like cycling and it was a great opportunity for me to get involved as I like to challenge myself every year,” he said.

“At the end of the day it’s about Acorns as well, I’m raising money for the beneficiary charity, I like the work they do and I think it’s and incredibly worthwhile cause.

“Because I’m from Worcester I saw the event being advertised and thought I would go for it and give it a shot. It sounds like it’s very well organised so I’m really looking forward to taking part in it.”

“Worcester is crying out for a big cycling event like this so I really do hope it goes well and they can make it an annual event.”

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