Young cyclists took part in a 733-mile endurance cycle ride on Saturday morning in a bid to boost funds for what would be North Devons first grass cycle track. Thirty-four children aged from six to 16 cycled continuously for three-and-half hours, covering a total 3,375 laps of their current training track at Bideford College. The youngsters from the North Devon Wheelers Southfork youth section were mirroring the efforts of Sir Michael Barber, who is currently cycling the same distance from Fort William in Scotland, to his home in Umberleigh. Sir Michael, who set off on May 1 and will cycle back to North Devon via Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Snowden, aims to raise £10,000 to help fund the new 250-metre track, which is hoped will be in place by 2017. On his JustGiving page, he said: Our vision is to deliver the benefits of national standard cycling and coaching facilities to rural North Devon youth riders. We want to give local Devonians the opportunity to be able to compete on the same level as those living around Manchester, London and Newport where there are dedicated velodromes. The fundraising which would include a bid to Sport England will pay for the new track, as well as up to 20 track bikes with knobbly tyres; a trailer to transport the bikes; a storage container for the equipment; and a dedicated timing system. It would also fund the training of two club coaches for track riding and racing. Club youth rep Tony Ross said Saturdays youth ride was a celebration of the club, which was looking forward to an even brighter future. All monies collected from this sponsored ride will be added to Sir Michaels total to help to make the grass track initiative a reality, he said. To sponsor Sir Michael or the North Devon Wheelers click here or here.