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Records Tumbling at the Great Weston Ride

by Nick Gregory

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The much-praised Great Weston Ride, which is taking place this year on Sunday 20th July, continues to go from strength to strength, with the fifth edition of this popular West Country challenge looking set to break a number of records. 

First and foremost, the ride is once again on course to sell out well in advance, with around 1,000 people expected to take part this year - a record number of entries for the event.  As well as an increase in total entries, the organisers have already seen a record number of previous participants returning for another go, and they are also expecting to see more women taking part this year than ever before. 

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Ride organiser, Darren McKimm, explained: "The number of people who've entered this year and have previously taken part is already way up on what we've seen before - almost half the riders who've entered to date have done it before, and I guess that speaks volumes in terms of what people think about the Ride. We probably couldn't ask for a better recommendation, although of course it also means that we've got a lot to live up to!"  

McKimm continued: "We're also well on track to see a record number of women rising to the challenge and giving the Great Weston Ride a go - around 220 women took part in 2013 and this year we're hoping to attract 300, which would be fantastic." 

The Great Weston Ride offers a spectacular route that starts on the outskirts of Bristol before taking riders on a fabulous journey through the Mendips and across the Somerset Levels, before finishing 56 miles later on the seafront in Weston-super-Mare. 

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The event itself has plenty to offer experienced cyclists, not least some spectacular views and scenery, but it also attracts lots of new or inexperienced riders and once again a large number of the 2014 participants will be undertaking their first major long-distance cycling challenge. This has always been a feature of the Great Weston Ride, and as previous participants testify, riders are comprehensively supported from start to finish, regardless of their cycling experience or ability. 

The Ride also has a major partnership with Prostate Cancer UK, the leading male-oriented cancer charity in the UK, and records are set to tumble here too.  To date, riders have raised well over £70,000 for PCUK (and over £120,000 for charitable causes as a whole) and, as support continues to grow, lots of participants are once again expected to don Prostate Cancer UK's colours as they raise awareness and money to combat a disease that kills thousands. 

Participants can certainly look forward to a fantastic West Country day out both on AND off the bike, as this mid-summer classic really starts to come of age. 

Further information, and details on how to enter, can be found at www.greatwestonride.com





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