CYCLING fever took over Stratford on Sunday as hundreds of people got on their bikes to help raise £35,000 for the Shakespeare Hospice.
Luckily, the rain held off for the 630 cyclists taking part in this year’s Great Shakespeare Ride.
Leaving from the Stratford Manor Hotel on Warwick Road, cyclists tackled either the 100km or the 100-mile sportive rides around Warwickshire and the Cotswolds.
Carole Lomas, one of the organisers, said the event was a great success.
“It was a brilliant day,” she said. “The atmosphere was amazing and we had some fantastic cyclists really challenging themselves on the hill climbs. Thank you to everyone who took part and volunteered, and see you next year!”
Mark Richardson was the winner of the 100-mile event with a time of 4 hrs 47 mins 32 secs, and Chris King was the first woman home with a time of 6 hrs 35 mins and 26 secs.
Blake Lavelle won the 100km ride in 3 hrs 12 mins 33 secs while Sue Oakes was the fastest woman, finishing after 3 hrs 35 mins 25 secs.
The ride generated over £35,000 for The Shakespeare Hospice, which provides care and support to people affected by life limiting illness in South Warwickshire and the North Cotswolds.
Carole thanked those who backed the event with sponsorship, including Seco Tools, Taylor Wimpey and Stratford Manor Hotel. All results and timings are provisional.
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