All pumped up for my big cycling challenge

News reporter Sheanne Mulholland, with her bike from Wiggle of Portsmouth, gets ready for the Round the Harbours bike ride Picture: Malcolm Wells (121734-8065)

News reporter Sheanne Mulholland, with her bike from Wiggle of Portsmouth, gets ready for the Round the Harbours bike ride Picture: Malcolm Wells (121734-8065)

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HUNDREDS across the area are getting on their bikes and gearing up to take part in a 35-mile bike ride in aid of the British Heart Foundation.

Around 400 people have signed up to Round the Harbours, which takes place on Sunday, June 10 and passes through Southsea, Havant, Fareham and Gosport.

The charity is hoping to reach 2012 participants for the event, backed by The News, in honour of the Olympic year and we’re urging readers to take part – alongside me.

I’m not a long distance cyclist or a racer, but I wanted to take part because the ride looks like such a good event.

The route passes some really nice spots in the area and it’s for a great cause.

But there’s just one problem – I don’t own a bike.

Thankfully the lovely people at Portsmouth-based bike firm, Wiggle, stepped in and loaned me a stunning Felt bike, pictured, so that I could take part.

And they gave me a cycling outfit too.

Having only ever ridden a mountain bike in the past, I must admit I was pretty wobbly on the professional road bike the first couple of times I tried it out.

But the more I’ve been out, the more confident I’ve got with the bike and I’m now regularly clocking up 20 miles.

Despite that, with only three weeks left until the event I am starting to worry about the distance, and the dreaded Portsdown Hill climb.

If you would like to sponsor me, please either go online to www.justgiving.com/SheanneMulholland or you can post cash or a cheque payable to the British Heart Foundation to Sheanne Mulholland, c/o Newsroom, The News, London Road, Hilsea, Portmsouth, PO2 9SX.

To take part in Round the Harbours bike ride, call 0808 100 2109, email eastevents@bhf.org.uk or go online and log on to www.bhf.org.uk/roundtheharbours

Fees in advance are £15 for an adult or £7.50 per child. Entry on the day costs £20 for adults and £10 for children.

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