ORGANISERS of a huge charity bike ride aim to get 2,012 people in the saddle to celebrate the year of the Olympics.
The ambitious target has been set by the British Heart Foundation for its Round the Harbours bike ride, to take place on June 10.
The event is supported by The News – and we’re calling on readers to sign up to help hit the magic number.
The Mayor of Fareham, Cllr Trevor Cartwright, wore a flourescent cycling jacket to launch the event at Gosport’s ferry terminal yesterday.
Already 250 people have signed up for the 35-mile circular route, which runs throughout the whole area.
Organisers are determined to hit their ambitious target of 2,012 riders and are urging people to sign up.
Cllr Cartwright said: ‘The lure of getting to go out on a my bike is always enough to get me involved. But this is a particularly nice route that passes areas of the coast and countryside that most people wouldn’t usually visit.
‘Anyone thinking about taking part should just do it.
‘It’s good exercise, good for the heart, and cycling always makes you feel so much better afterwards.’
Mayor of Gosport Cllr Christopher Carter was also at the launch, along with representatives of Portsmouth City Council and the BHF. The charity hopes to generate £60,000 from the event which will go towards research, education, and supporting its projects. The route follows the coast of Gosport, Southsea, and Hayling Island, using the public ferries to cross between each island.
It then carries on through Havant and continues onto Fareham, passing Fareham Marina, before returning to Gosport.
Organiser Adam Brockett, from the BHF, said: ‘This is the perfect year for people to get involved, and this way you can help raise money at the same time. Why not make our event your mini Olympics.’