VIDEO: Who cares about the rain? over 1,000 cyclists take part in the Dorset Bike Ride

VIDEO: Who cares about the rain? over 1,000 cyclists take part in the Dorset Bike Ride

Who cares about the rain? 1,000 cyclists take part in the Dorset Bike Ride

Who cares about the rain? 1,000 cyclists take part in the Dorset Bike Ride

Who cares about the rain? 1,000 cyclists take part in the Dorset Bike Ride

Who cares about the rain? 1,000 cyclists take part in the Dorset Bike Ride

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MORE than 1,000 cyclists braved the rain to take part in the annual British Heart Foundation Dorset Bike Ride from Wimborne yesterday.

Undeterred by the heavy downpours, both experienced cyclists and enthusiastic amateurs alike jumped on their bikes and set off.

Participants had the choice of completing either a 25, 50, 66 or 100-mile circuit, all of which started and finished at QE School.

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Speaking to the Daily Echo on Sunday, event organiser Andy Coles said the Dorset Bike Ride was one of the charity’s most popular cycle events in the country.

“We have had more than 1,000 people register today, which is just brilliant, especially with this weather. The atmosphere has been amazing.”

The event, which is now in its 24th year, is expected to raise more than £60,000 from sponsorship.

Mr Coles said: “We’ve lots of fundraisers at this event – not just your hardcore cyclists – and they really enjoy it. They all stop off at the refreshment stands for homemade cakes made by local volunteers.

“I love it down here. We’re always really well supported in Dorset.”

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The ride was a family affair for the Parkins from Merley, who raised more than £500 in sponsorship between them.

Rob, aged 64, set off to complete the 25-mile route alongside his friend, 77-year-old Mike Baker.

He said: “This is our first one. I had a heart attack two years ago so it’s a charity, among others, that we like to support.”

Rob’s wife Sheena, who tackled the 50-mile route alongside her 34-year-old son David, said: “My other son and daughter-in-law set off with the 100-mile group and we’re doing the 50.

“Between us we’ve raised more than £500.”

Experienced cyclist Hilary Webber from Salisbury took on the 100-mile route.

The 66-year-old, who is training to complete the coast-to-coast cycling challenge, said she had been looking forward to the ride.

Speaking from the starting line, she said: “I’m hoping to do the 100 as long as the weather doesn’t get too bad.

“When you do a lot of cycling you just keep going.”

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9:36am Mon 28 Apr 14

anotherfatslob says...

Why are they all wearing silly hats?
Why are they all wearing silly hats? anotherfatslob
  • Score: -9

9:51am Mon 28 Apr 14

bourne free says...

anotherfatslob wrote:
Why are they all wearing silly hats?
Helmet !
[quote][p][bold]anotherfatslob[/bold] wrote: Why are they all wearing silly hats?[/p][/quote]Helmet ! bourne free
  • Score: 9

10:01am Mon 28 Apr 14

billy bumble says...

bourne free wrote:
anotherfatslob wrote:
Why are they all wearing silly hats?
Helmet !
lol - Was that an answer or a comment ?
[quote][p][bold]bourne free[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]anotherfatslob[/bold] wrote: Why are they all wearing silly hats?[/p][/quote]Helmet ![/p][/quote]lol - Was that an answer or a comment ? billy bumble
  • Score: 13

10:32am Mon 28 Apr 14

breamoreboy says...

anotherfatslob wrote:
Why are they all wearing silly hats?
Good point, as cyclists suffer far more crush injuries than head injuries.
[quote][p][bold]anotherfatslob[/bold] wrote: Why are they all wearing silly hats?[/p][/quote]Good point, as cyclists suffer far more crush injuries than head injuries. breamoreboy
  • Score: 1

11:15am Mon 28 Apr 14

Mad Karew says...

Well done to all of them for taking on a gruelling course in atrocious conditions, including knee deep floods in some places and potholes everywhere.

BTW, commiserations to Charlie Butt for dropping out due to a puncture not far from the finish after nearly 100 miles. All your sponsors will happily pay up regardless for a magnificent effort.
Well done to all of them for taking on a gruelling course in atrocious conditions, including knee deep floods in some places and potholes everywhere. BTW, commiserations to Charlie Butt for dropping out due to a puncture not far from the finish after nearly 100 miles. All your sponsors will happily pay up regardless for a magnificent effort. Mad Karew
  • Score: 13

1:21pm Mon 28 Apr 14

cest vrai says...

Can't wait r for next years race. Will get into Bmouth early and get a seat at the obscura cafe as by then we will all be used to cyclist in town and the event will be rerouted vie the Square.
Can't wait r for next years race. Will get into Bmouth early and get a seat at the obscura cafe as by then we will all be used to cyclist in town and the event will be rerouted vie the Square. cest vrai
  • Score: 0

2:32pm Mon 28 Apr 14

bourne free says...

cest vrai wrote:
Can't wait r for next years race. Will get into Bmouth early and get a seat at the obscura cafe as by then we will all be used to cyclist in town and the event will be rerouted vie the Square.
lets hope so !
[quote][p][bold]cest vrai[/bold] wrote: Can't wait r for next years race. Will get into Bmouth early and get a seat at the obscura cafe as by then we will all be used to cyclist in town and the event will be rerouted vie the Square.[/p][/quote]lets hope so ! bourne free
  • Score: 1

5:20pm Mon 28 Apr 14

jonpearce says...

Great day albeit a rather wet one. But the idiot in the Range Rover going full pelt through a large puddle probably soaked me more than the downpours! Going for one of longer rides next year.
Great day albeit a rather wet one. But the idiot in the Range Rover going full pelt through a large puddle probably soaked me more than the downpours! Going for one of longer rides next year. jonpearce
  • Score: 6

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