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Women use pedal power for charity cycling event
11:00am Monday 14th October 2013 in News
NEARLY 700 women and girls took part in the second all-female charity cycling event in the New Forest yesterday.
Hundreds of riders pedalled along three courses around the forest ranging from 20 to 80 kilometres, starting and finishing at the National Motor Museum in Beaulieu.
All proceeds will go to Macmillan Cancer Support.
One of the organisers, Jessie Phippen said: “We are really pleased; we have had a lot of enthusiastic riders and a lot of people riding for charity in big groups. We have even had a mother and daughter on a tandem.
“The event is growing and I think it is going to continue to grow.”
Between 5-600 riders took part in the inaugural event last year and this time some 818 signed up although the numbers of riders was nearer 700.
The event did not appear to have been marred by the vandals who have been targeting the commercial Wiggle events this summer.
Ms Phippen said: “We were worried about it but we made sure we had lots of stewards as a precaution and extra signage.”
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