Glorious sunshine and hundreds of cyclists made this year’s St Edmunds Wheel bike ride another success for organisers and participants.
Leaving the Abbey Gate in Bury St Edmunds on Sunday, more than 500 cyclists of all ages and abilities streamed out onto Angel Hill and enjoyed a picturesque cycle through the countryside around Bury.
This year, the 17th event, was again raising money for St Nicholas Hospice Care and riders had a choice of routes ranging from 15 miles to 100 miles.
The day also staged its popular duck race along the River Lark in the Abbey Gardens where the cyclists began and ended their journeys.
The increasing interest in cycling has been reflected in the event with more people now tackling the higher mileage routes.
Ian said: “When we first started the most popular ride was 25 miles, now more people are doing the 100, 75 and 50 mile rides. I think we have in our own way made cycling more accessible to a lot of people.”
As well as 1,100 bottles of water available cyclists were also able to pop into the Chevington Greyhound and Bennett Arms to quench their thirst during their cycle.
Over the years the St Edmunds Wheel Trust will have raised nearly a quarter of a million pounds with last year’s event raising £26,000 for local charities. This year the hospiceand other local causes will benefit.