Photos: Record turnout for Coast to Coast

Riders cross the finish line in Ilfracombe during the 10th anniversary Devon Coast 2 Coast cycle cha

Riders cross the finish line in Ilfracombe during the 10th anniversary Devon Coast 2 Coast cycle challenge on Sunday. Pic by - Credit: Archant

More than 400 riders turned out for the challenge’s 10th anniversary route.

A GRAND total of 445 riders turned out in the sunshine to take part in the 10th Devon Coast-to-Coast cycle challenge on Sunday.

Experienced and novice cyclists alike took part in either the 66 or 100-mile circular ‘Landmark’ route, starting and finishing in Ilfracombe.

Last year more than 400 cyclists turned out for the Plymouth to Barnstaple race but this year saw the most participants yet.

Organiser Simon Paddon said it would be difficult to top Sunday’s event next year.

“It was absolutely fantastic and we’re still totting up the total but we hope to have raised around about £50,000,” he said.

“This will push us closer to the quarter-of-a-million pounds mark for the North Devon Hospice.

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“The weather coming out of Ilfracombe was a bit patchy but as we rose up it just got better and better, as did the day.

“There were pockets of people cheering us on along the way which was really great.

“I reckon there must have been about 1,000 people at the finish line as well which was really emotionally for me and all of the riders.”

One rider was taken to hospital after coming off on the gravel near Dolton, but managed to return with cuts and bruises to see the riders at the finish line.

The annual fundraiser was first started in 1999 with just four riders and has steadily grown, raising more than £100,000 for the North Devon Hospice.

Riders are now being urged to get their sponsorship money and forms in so a grand total can be made up for the Hospice.

A prize of £100 worth of Southfork vouchers will also be given to the rider who raises the most funds by September 1.

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