Ride to Bury team get ready for another day’s cycling

Riders stock up on carbs at a pizza restuarant in Reading
Riders stock up on carbs at a pizza restuarant in Reading
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THEY have had a night’s rest and now the Ride to Bury team are preparing to cycle another 76 miles.

The group of 20 cyclists set off from Fratton Park yesterday as part of a 300 mile ride up to Bury.

Money raised by the bike ride will be split between community shares into the club and for charities that supported four-year-old Jack Robinson who died after suffering from an inoperable brain tumour.

Yesterday, the group cycled 116 miles to Cherwell Valley services near Bicester in Oxfordshire. Today, they will jump back on their bikes and ride a further 76 miles to Solihull near Birmingham.

Organiser Tom Dearie, said: ‘I’m a bit stiff and achy. Yesterday was an interesting day.

‘Considering none of us have done this before, we learnt an awful lot.

‘But this morning everybody is in very high spirits.

‘It’s been brilliant. Everybody accepted that it was going to be difficult. People have spent the last five or six months training and you can see that. It’s paying off now.’

So far, the team have raised £19,000.