A CYCLING club has organised a series of lung-bursting races across the Cheshire countryside in support of British soldiers.
Cheshire and North Wales Cycling Touring Club is hoping for a large number of entries to the three-race event, designed for riders of all abilities.
Funds raised by those competing in the Bickerton Challenge, which takes place on Saturday, July 25, will be donated to the Help for Heroes charity.
Event organiser David Ackerley, who served in the Royal Armoured Corps and was based in Germany between 1954-56, said that riders’ efforts would not be in vain.
He said: “The club decided it was time it organised a charitable event and bearing in mind the injuries suffered by our soldiers while serving in Afghanistan, we thought it was a good cause to support.
“The toughest ride of the three has been the most popular with entrants so far. It’s worthwhile remembering that riders will suffer for a few hours but some soldiers will be suffering for the rest of their lives.”
Mr Ackerley, who belonged to the 13th/18th Royal Hussars (Queen Mary’s Own) Regiment before it amalgamated with 15th/19th The King’s Royal Hussars to become the Light Dragoons, hopes Chronicle readers across the county and North Wales will support the races.
“I want to encourage people who don’t cycle regularly to come and give it a try,” he added.
Race A is the toughest of three and involves 104 miles and 10,300ft of climbing around Dee Valleys and Llantysilio Mountain. Race B comprises 51 miles and 2,963ft of ascent around Delamere Forest and Peckforton while Race C is a 32-mile ride around Bunbury, Cholmondeley and Beeston.
To enter call 01829 770324 or visit www.ctcchesterandnwales.org.uk