Get on your bikes! Hospice wants more people cycling

READY TO RIDE From left, Leroy Morrad, Peter Dyke, Nathan Snelling, Jacob Boorah and Tom Bedford. Picture: Malcolm Wells (132388-0099)
READY TO RIDE From left, Leroy Morrad, Peter Dyke, Nathan Snelling, Jacob Boorah and Tom Bedford. Picture: Malcolm Wells (132388-0099)
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WHAT better way for Peter Dyke to get back in the saddle than to sign up to a bike challenge?

The 37-year-old is the manager of the One Stop store, in London Road, Purbrook. He, with four others, will be taking part in The Ruby Ride.

The event is a cycle challenge that will raise money for The Rowans Hospice.

Peter, of Wecock Farm, said: ‘The main reason we signed up is because we want to help a community cause, and The Rowans fits that bill.

‘It offers an absolutely brilliant service to the community.’

Peter has been training with four other workmates, who are also taking part. They will be cycling 65 miles.

‘I used to cycle to Chichester every day to get to my job,’ added Peter.

‘But when I left that place nine years ago, I pretty much stopped cycling to.

‘This is going to be a challenge, but I’m looking forward to it.’

So far, 362 people have signed up – but the hospice would like another 90 in order to match last year’s figure.

Ali Corbett, events fundraiser at the hospice, said: ‘We are so grateful to everyone for supporting this event and raising vital sponsorship for the hospice.

‘The Ruby Ride appeals to the seasoned cyclist as well as the beginner with the choice of three exciting routes to suit all abilities.

‘Following the success of Team GB at the Olympics and British cyclists in the Tour de France, many more people are discovering the joys of cycling and exploring our beautiful city and surrounding countryside on two wheels.’

The fundraiser takes place on Sunday, and there are three routes to choose from, which will start and finish at Lakeside, North Harbour:

· Leisure (18 miles) – cyclists loop around Portsea island, using cycle paths and cycle lanes on the road.

· Challenge (30 miles) – along Portsdown Hill, riding past the hospice and back to Lakeside via Portchester.

· Epic (65 miles) – same as the Challenge route, but going through Petersfield, the Meon Valley, Wickham, and Portchester.

Online registration closes at midnight Tuesday or you can register in person at the hospice up to 5pm on Wednesday.