Cycling success of first cycle challenge

HUNDREDS of cyclists took to the roads at the first ever Chilterns Cycle Challenge organised by Iain Rennie Hospice at Home.

More than 400 climbed on their bikes to raise a target figure of £50,000 for the Tring-based charity.

A11 Week 12'MCBH'DP'Iain Rennie Chilterns Charity Cycle Challenge, starting at Kingsbury, Aylesbury - pictured Fern Britton leads the way

A11 Week 12'MCBH'DP'Iain Rennie Chilterns Charity Cycle Challenge, starting at Kingsbury, Aylesbury - pictured Fern Britton leads the way

Hospice patron and TV presenter Fern Britton headed the event, which saw bikers saddle up at Kingsbury Square in Aylesbury.

They then chose between three routes mapped out by bike training group Cycle Aylesbury.

The longest took them on a gruelling 75-mile trip around the boundary of the charity’s nursing catchment area.

Kerri Coote, who organised the event with Ruth Barber, said: “The response to our first ever cycle challenge has been fantastic.

“The atmosphere in Kingsbury Square was great.

“After they finished, many families stayed around to cheer on other participants.”

See The Gazette for a full picture round-up and feature of the challenge.