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CYCLING: POPULARITY OF LOCAL EVENT EXCEEDING ALL EXPECTATIONS

This Sunday’s first-ever Giant Doddington Bike Ride is now full.

Nearly 260 cyclists entered the event which includes rides of 33, 50 and 100 mile routes which appeal to the novice and the more experienced cyclist.

Organiser Mark Hollingworth told SportsLinc: “We are really pleased that so many people are keen to take part in the event.

“As well as the 33, 50 and 100 mile routes there is a trail ride for families.

I asked Mark what the difference was between a Sportif and a race.

He said: “A Sportif is a social ride where you can choose your own speed.

“A race has a finishing line and a winner.

“Riders can still set time-targets in a Sportif and it’s important that they take in the proper nutrition and drinks during the ride otherwise they may reach 70 miles and then run out of energy.

“You certainly need to manage yourself on a 100 mile bike ride.”

The first rider gets underway at 8.00 am on Sunday.

Doddington Hall has lots of attractions like the Sculpture Exhibition and shops to explore whilst you are waiting for the cyclists to return.

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