As the Women’s Tour race returns for the second year so will the Women on Wheels charity bike ride it inspired.
The WoW 2015 ride was officially launched at Bury St Edmunds Leisure Centre on Sunday.
Last year 100 participants raised £3,268 for St Nicholas Hospice Care and they are hoping to top that at this year’s ride at Nowton Park on July 5.
Registration is now open and participants this year can choose between routes of five, 20 or 50 miles through countryside cycle paths around Bury St Edmunds, starting at Nowton Park.
The ride is organised by Abbeycroft Leisure in partnership with Mildenhall Cycling Club, the West Suffolk Wheelers and Triathlon Club, Suffolk Sport, Cycle Suffolk and St Nicholas Hospice Care. Ann Williamson, from Mildenhall Cycling Club, said: “This is a brilliant opportunity for ladies to take part in a social bike ride, at the same time raising money for the hospice.
“The atmosphere at last year’s event was electric .
“It isn’t often that we get the chance to ride together in an organised event solely for women so let’s see if we can do better this year and double the number of riders.”
Women on Wheels Ambassador Sarah Stamp, St Edmundsbury Borough Council’s cabinet member for Leisure, Culture and Heritage, said: “We want this year to be even better.
“Most of us know someone who has been cared for by the hospice or their families who have been helped through what is a very difficult time in their lives – so why not put your power to the peddle and help raise money for this great local cause.”
Jordan Hughes, Community Fundraiser at St Nicholas Hospice Care, said: ”It’s absolutely fantastic that WoW has returned this year.
“So many people need a platform to get into sports and this is an incredible opportunity for women and girls to maximise on that.
“It’s also fantastic that the event is in aid of St Nicholas Hospice Care as we rely so heavily on the support of the local community to keep our doors open.”
To register for the WOW 2015 ride visit www.stnicholashospice.org.uk/wow. Entry is £15.
Abbeycroft Leisure hopes the ride will inspire more to take part in British Cycling’s Breeze programme of organised fun, social, local bike rides for women. Visit www.goskyride.com/Breeze