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Hundreds of cyclists take part in Wiggle ride across the New Forest
11:36am Saturday 5th October 2013 in News
A CONTROVERSIAL mass cycling event is underway in the New Forest this morning.
Thousands are taking part in the Wiggle New Forest 100 Sportive cycling event, which features three routes ranging in length from 41 to 102 miles.
The two day event starting in New Park in Brokenhurst has led to the annual pony drift, which is being held on neighbouring land, being cancelled amid safety fears.
The Commoners' Defence Association (CDA), which represents the owners of the Forest's ponies, have criticised Wiggle organisers in the wake of the decision to axe the round-up of wild horses.
But UK Cycling Events hit back, accusing the Verderers of failing to give enough advance warning of the round-up.
Motorists, residents, horse-riders and commoners also fear the events risk damaging the Forest's wildlife, flora and fauna, and cause hazards for other road users.
Earlier this year anti-cyclists activists scattered scores of tacks on to the route and hundreds of route signs were ripped up.
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