A GROUP of local businessmen have taken on a charity bike ride in preparation for an Olympic challenge next year.
The 19-strong team took to the road and cycled 17 miles, starting at The Rainbow Centre in Fareham, where they were waved off by three-year-old Felix Snell, who suffers from cerebral palsy.
The 123 Decathlon Challenge will take place across the year in 2012, running either side of the Olympics and will include badminton, cycling, swimming, tennis and a table tennis tournament.
Money raised will be split between The Rainbow Centre in Fareham, the Wessex Cancer Trust and The Rose Road Association.
The challenge kicks off in February 2012 and has already raised £25,000.
Bruce Elkins, one of the founders of the 123 Decathlon Challenge said: ‘Everyone enjoyed the bike ride and it was great to see such great support waving us off, especially from Felix, who was eager to join us on his tricycle.’