Start the new year by pledging to go cycling

Participants of 2010's cycle challenge
Participants of 2010's cycle challenge

THE Chilterns Cycle Challenge is set to become an annual event, after the inaugural ride raised £40,000 for the Iain Rennie Hospice.

More than 400 cyclists took part in this year’s challenge, choosing between the 10k off-road family route, 35 mile ‘medium route’ or 75 mile ‘ultimate challenge’.

The 2012 challenge will take place on March 25, and again start and finish in Aylesbury.

Hospice fundraiser Kerri Coote said: “We were absolutely delighted with the first Chilterns Cycle Challenge in March.

“We’re determined to make next year’s event bigger and better.

“We’re calling on everyone from cycle enthusiasts to occasional cyclists to sign up, enjoy our beautiful routes and raise money to support local families dealing with the difficulties of life-limiting illness.

“If people sign up now, they have a date in their diary to work towards.

“Especially if they choose the longer routes, they will be able to plan some training rides over the next few months.

“What better, come the New Year, than to have a ready made resolution to help our nurses to carry on caring.”

The 10k family route will take riders on a largely off-road tour, following the gemstone cycle ways around Aylesbury.

The 35 mile route takes cyclists out to Kimble, Longwick and Bledlow Ridge, before weaving its way back to Aylesbury through Butlers Cross.

The ultimate 75 mile challenge passes through the Chilterns countryside going out to Kimble, Longwick, Stokenchurch, Amersham, Ashley Green and then back past Berkhamsted to Aylesbury.

All routes will depart from Aylesbury Town Centre, and on the day feature staggered starting times to avoid congestion.

Under fives can take part for free, adults must pay £12.50, children £5.

All entry fees include a medal and a t-shirt.

Registration is now open at www.rennieway.org