Wiggins wannabes invited to sign up for cycle challenge

Coast-to-Coast organisers are hoping for another great year in what will be the event's 10th anniver

Coast-to-Coast organisers are hoping for another great year in what will be the event's 10th anniversary ride. From left are Mark Henderson, Shaun Ross, Emma Lowe, Ian Moon, Simon Paddon and Andy Unstead. - Credit: Archant

Tenth anniversary route revealed for this year’s Coast-to-Coast bike ride.

A SPECIAL anniversary route to celebrate the 10th Devon Coast-to-Coast cycle challenge was unveiled at a launch party at the Park Hotel in Barnstaple tonight (Sunday).

Organisers are now inviting potential participants and past conquerors to take on a 66 or 100-mile circular ‘Landmark’ route starting and finishing in Ilfracombe on Sunday, June 9.

The annual fundraiser, which started in 1999 with just four riders, has steadily grown over the years, raising well over £100,000 for North Devon Hospice.

More than 400 cyclists took part in last year’s cycle from Plymouth to Barnstaple and, in the event’s anniversary year, organisers have opened 500 places for budding pedal-pushers wanting to join them.

Event organiser, Simon Paddon, said he was delighted the event had reached its 10-year milestone.

He said: “When we first came up with the idea, it was a personal challenge that we wanted to achieve as a group of friends. To think that we now share it with 400 other riders is incredible.

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“There is a real sense of community on the ride now as new people join the familiar faces for a tough but enjoyable day in the saddle.”

Simon said that this year’s route was one of the most exciting yet: “We always have a new route every year, but because we are lucky enough to live in such an amazing county, we’re still able to plan an interesting scenic ride, even after 10 years.

“Bradley Wiggins and co have given British cycling an amazing year, so now is the perfect time to get on your bike and try something like this.”

Simon and the team would also like to hear from any companies who would like to sponsor the event in some way.

“The event is now really high profile, so it would be a low-cost way for businesses to come on board and support what we are doing,” he said.

Interested businesses should email simon@coast-coast.co.uk. To sign up for the event itself, visit www.coast-coast.co.uk

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