CYCLISTS of all ages and abilities are being urged to saddle up once again for the 2018 Rotary Dorset Bike Ride and help raise vital funds for Cancer Research UK.

After the success of last year’s event, which raised over £41,000 with more than £37,000 going to Cancer Research UK, the ride is returning once again this autumn for all the family.

The challenge, taking place on Sunday, September 9th, will once again be held at Longthorn’s Camp Site, Wareham.

Now in its seventh year, this year’s ride looks set to reach the Rotary Dorset Bike Ride Committees next milestone – raising a quarter of a million pounds in just seven years.

The longest route is the challenging Dorset 108 mile Etape for the more seasoned riders. In addition to the 108 mile Etape, there are 10, 22, 34, 45, 55, 70 and 80 mile routes. They are all circular routes through Dorset Jurassic coastline and promise to be a great ride with fantastic scenery.

Organisers say the routes are mostly on country lanes to ensure everyone has an enjoyable ride and the variety of routes will be appealing to cyclists of all levels and ability.

All routes will be well sign posted with plenty of marshals to cheer you on. There are also plenty of refreshment stops with free food and drink.

The event is organised by the Rotary Club of Westbourne with help from five other local Rotary Clubs and many other volunteers.

David King, one of the organisers, said: “We really support our riders, particularly aiding those who are fundraising for us with great online facilities and fundraising packs to give them lots of ideas to help raise money for research to help beat cancer sooner.

“Plus for those raising certain levels of sponsorship for their ride, we are giving away free cycle jerseys and T-Shirts, all thanks to our sponsor Bloorhomes. We want to motivate our fundraisers and reward them for their efforts”

Nicola Dunford, Cancer Research UK’s local fundraising manager for Dorset said: “We could not be happier that this event is returning for its seventh year and are truly grateful that the team are set to hit £250,000 with this year’s event.

“The dedication of the organising committee and its supporters means that we can raise even more money for Cancer Research UK here in Dorset.”

Nicola Dunford added: “Cancer Research UK has made enormous progress in the fight against cancer and continues to do so. However, with no government funding, we have only been able to do this thanks to the generosity of people like those who take part in the Rotary Dorset Bike Ride, without whom we would not be able to fund our vital research.”

For further details or to enter the Rotary Dorset Bike Ride visit www.dorset-bike-ride.co.uk

For further information about Cancer Research UK’s work to find out how to support the charity, please call 08701 60 20 40 or visit www.cancerresearchuk.org.uk