Sunday 2 July saw over 1,000 riders take on one of the three routes ranging from 25 to 80 miles, enjoying the Wiltshire and Somerset countryside scenery and the blazing sunshine.
The event raised funds for a number of local charities including Dorothy House Hospice Care which was Bike Bath’s ‘Supported Charity’ this year. The charity donations collected for 2017 are still being counted but it is hoped they will exceed last year’s total of £6,000.
We are really grateful to all those who took part to raise funds for Dorothy House, including the Bathavon Rotary Club’s team of nine cyclists who hope to have raised £2,000. Another eighteen-strong team from HPH Commercial Property and Hawk Ridge Business Park in Wiltshire also raised funds for the Hospice.
Riders were full of praise for the event, which unveils three new routes every year. Gemma Abbott said: “The 25 mile route was challenging with the added weight of a two year old but we all had fun and took full advantage of the cheese and biscuits at the feeding station. Thankfully what goes up must come down and the final descent was well worth the endless climb!”
Organiser Richard Best said “Six years after we began, it’s fantastic to see Bike Bath continue to grow and attract new riders to the area. We can offer fantastic riding, beautiful scenery and great food and drink, all within a short distance of the city, and it’s obviously good enough to keep people coming back for more.”