YORKSHIRE may have the Tour de France but cyclists will be grabbing their Lycra for the Macmillan Dorset Bike Ride this weekend.

The annual fundraiser will take place on Sunday, with hundreds of cyclists taking to the roads around the county for the 26th annual event.

Cyclists will leave Corfe Mullen Recreation Ground between 8am and 10am and head towards Wimborne, and then return throughout the day via Lytchett Matravers.

Organisers are asking motorists to be particularly vigilant as cyclists cross the main roads, especially on the A31 at Almer and Red Post near Bere Regis and the A350 at Lytchett Matravers.

This year’s ride will be started by veteran Macmillan cyclist Gerry Robinson, of Broadstone, who has been taking part in the Macmillan Dorset Bike Ride for many years and has raised more than £10,000 for Macmillan.

Ride Organiser Peter Smith-Nicholls said: “This year’s ride promises to be another great event, so do come and join us.

“Representatives from Macmillan Cancer Support will be at the Corfe Mullen Recreation Ground throughout the day, so if you want to know more about Macmillan please visit us and support the cyclists.”

For details of how to enter go to macmillanbikeride.co.uk