Pedal power to aid the hospice

DETAILS of this year s Devon Coast to Coast Cycle Challenge have been unveiled at a packed launch event in Braunton. The annual North Devon Hospice fund-raiser, which started in 1999 with just four riders, has steadily grown over the years. And while more

DETAILS of this year's Devon Coast to Coast Cycle Challenge have been unveiled at a packed launch event in Braunton.The annual North Devon Hospice fund-raiser, which started in 1999 with just four riders, has steadily grown over the years. And while more than 150 cyclists raised just over �13,000 at last June's Ilfracombe to Teignmouth challenge, organisers are hoping to get 200 riders in the saddle for this summer's Woolacombe to Dawlish Warren ride.On Sunday, June 7, cyclists will set off from the Red Barn, Woolacombe, taking either a 70-mile or 100-mile route to South Devon via stops at Libbaton Golf Club, North Tawton Rugby Club and Exeter Quay.Organiser Simon Paddon, said: "It's a great route, with some great challenges and it will certainly build on a fantastic track record of great rides across the county."This is the first time that we are taking the route through Exeter, and it is already proving a logistical challenge. Both groups will ride for approximately a mile alongside the canal; what better way to spend a Sunday afternoon?"We are very excited about the ride, and know that cyclists will enjoy riding it."Mr Paddon also thanked everyone who took part last year, raising �13,187.50 for the hospice. Hospice community fundraiser Emma Lowe said: "The organisers and the North Devon Hospice are incredibly grateful to all the 2008 riders who raised sponsorship or made donations to the charity. "All of the money will be spent locally on local people and their families so they are able to access the full range of free services that the hospice provides. "I am delighted to officially be part of the organising committee and that the event will continue to support the hospice this year."To enter this year's event visit www.coast-coast.co.uk and download an entry form.


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