MORE than 200 cyclists got on their bikes to raise money for charity and enjoy the summer weather.
This year’s Denmead Cycle Ride saw families of all ages take part in either a 10, 20 or 35-mile route around the area starting from the Harvest Home pub, on Saturday.
The annual event, which is in its 16th year, is hoping to raise at least £5,000 for two charities – Second Chance and Hambledon and Denmead Welfare and Educational Trust.
Mum and daughter Pam and Jade McInnes travelled up from Hayling Island to take part in the cycle.
Jade said: ‘It was my first time taking part although my mum has done it before.
‘I was really looking forward to it and getting out in the sunshine.’
I wanted to get Ashton into cycling and this seems like a great way to do it.Wendy Harrison
The pair did the 35-mile route.
Pam added: ‘It is nice to get out and about to enjoy this weather while taking part in a community event.
‘I think it’s very good that Denmead hosts this every year.’
Wendy Harrison and her nine-year-old son Ashton were taking part in the ride for the first time.
Ashton, from Whiteley, said: ‘I was a little nervous at the beginning about cycling on the road but I was also excited to be taking part.
‘It is good to get out cycling with my mum.’
Wendy added: ‘I wanted to get Ashton into cycling and this seems like a great way to do it.
‘I enjoy cycling and wanted to share it with him. The 10-mile route was perfect for us.’
Since starting in 2001, the event has raised thousands of pounds for charity.
Last year raised more than £8,000 and organiser Mike Thwaites is hoping for a similar figure.
He said: ‘Every year this event has grown and grown.
‘We hoped to have 200 people this year and raise at least £5,000 – we are hoping to reach £8,000’
The money will be split between the two chosen charities. Second Chance, based in Portsmouth, helps children and young people who have been abused or living in poverty.
The Hambledon and Denmead Welfare and Educational Trust helps pay for children going on education trips.
Mike added: ‘This event is really popular and offers a range of routes for people of all abilities.
‘Also, it is a great way to see the countryside. At some points there are some fantastic views of the Hampshire countryside.’