Cycle event returns for 12th year for charity

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CYCLISTS will be strapping on their helmets as the 12th annual Solent Coasts Cycle Challenge is set to take place next month.

Around 350 riders will cycle a 66-mile circular route across Hampshire from Lymington to Portsmouth, including the Isle of Wight.

The ride is set up by charity Hope and Aid Direct, which provides humanitarian support across the world.

Organiser Charles Lewry, 61, said: ‘It’s good – we give the riders enjoyment and they help us to raise money in return.’

Chris Avery, 51, is one of the cyclists taking part. After severely damaging his arm and shoulder in a cycling accident last April he was told he might never cycle again.

He said: ‘I told them this will not stop me. I am usually very competitive but this is more social and a different way of enjoying a cycle ride.’

The ride, which takes place on June 21, has no definitive starting point, allowing people to join in at any point.

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