Pedal power beats the rain as cyclists train for bike ride

TRAINING Ivan Sparks, 42, Bruce McCree 39, Todd Powers 42, Paul Watts 28, Georgina Poole, 31, Kev Bryant, 52, Russell Mockford, 36, and Steve Myall, 38, in Wickham on Saturday for their training bike ride.  Picture: Sarah Standing (120946-2542)
TRAINING Ivan Sparks, 42, Bruce McCree 39, Todd Powers 42, Paul Watts 28, Georgina Poole, 31, Kev Bryant, 52, Russell Mockford, 36, and Steve Myall, 38, in Wickham on Saturday for their training bike ride. Picture: Sarah Standing (120946-2542)

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IT might have been a dreary Saturday morning, but that didn’t stop these cyclists from taking to the streets to train for the Round the Harbours bike ride.

The group, all employees at GE, in Hamble, decided to get involved in the British Heart Foundation event as part of their ‘get healthy’ scheme.

On Saturday they cycled 18 miles around Wickham Square, up to Portsdown Hill and around Boarhunt.

Paul Watts, 28, from Cherque Farm in Lee-on-the-Solent, said: ‘My grandad had a heart condition.

‘So we want to try and get as many people involved as possible.

‘I’m a keen cyclist. The fun factor is a big thing.

‘We just want to show people how fun and enjoyable it can be.

‘Everybody seems to be in such a rush to get to places so it’s good to have people cycling and getting out on the road.’

And despite the rain, Paul was optimistic about getting on his bike.

‘It may be raining but it won’t dampen our spirits,’ he said.

The Round the Harbours event is a 35-mile bike ride which is run by the BHF and supported by The News.

We want to reach our target of 2,012 participants in this Olympic year.

Kev Bryant, 52, of Elgin Close in Fareham, said: ‘I did it for the first time last year. The actual event was very well staged and it was really good.’

Many of the team are involved in a cycle-to-work scheme.

Bruce McCree, 39, from Rowner Close in Gosport, said: ‘I enjoy cycling anyway.

‘I cycle up to the Gosport ferry and do a few miles around the beaches which is wonderful at the weekend.’

To take part in the Round the Harbours ride, which takes place on June 10, call 0808 100 2109, email eastevents@bhf.org.uk or visit bhf.org.uk/roundtheharbours.

Entry fees in advance are £15 for an adult or £7.50 per child.

Entry on the day is £20 for adults and £10 for children. There are four starting points, in Gosport, Fareham, Havant and Southsea.

Participants will be split evenly between each point and finish where they started.

The ride is supported with bike engineers along the way.

The route is family-friendly, but it is mostly on roads.