BIG-HEARTED cyclists including legendary cricketer David Gower will use pedal power on Sunday 7 July to boost the coffers of a worthy cause.

Time is running out to enter the 25th Daily Echo backed Macmillan Dorset Bike Ride which will see the reintroduction of the 25-mile ride.

For those seeking a more challenging route there are longer distances of 38, 48, 60 and 100-mile rides along the River Stour and through the quiet parkland of Charborough Estate.

The 10-mile ride is ideal for families with half on road and half on cycle paths.

Fundraisers will include the former England cricket team captain who will cycle 25 miles.

He said: “Macmillan do a great job for people with cancer and I am pleased to support the work they do.

“I am looking forward to a day out on a bike before the Ashes test matches begin.”

Support will include bike mechanics, a massage team as well as more than 100 Macmillan volunteers to encourage cyclists on their way.

Ride organiser Peter Smith-Nicholls, pictured above, who has helped raise £1 million since launching the event in 1989, said: “There is still time to sign up and ride with David.

"Everyone is touched by cancer in some way and it is estimated that by 2030 there will be four million people living with the disease.

“Macmillan’s new Not Alone campaign aims to reach out to everyone and give them the vital support needed in difficult times.”

You can enter the ride online at, contact Macmillan Dorset Bike Ride, PO Box 1432 Broadstone, BH18 9YE or phone 01202 601705 for entry forms.