HUNDREDS of people saddled up for the 34th Dorset bike ride in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support.

Around 325 people took on the charity ride across the four distances.

The longer routes took riders around the Dorset countryside passing villagers including Cheselbourne, Puddletown, Bere Regis and Milborne St Andrew.

The ride started and ended at Corfe Mullen Recreation Ground and was expected to raise more than £35,000.

Event organiser Peter Smith-Nicholls said: "I am really pleased with how today went.

"It's such a massive event to organise, 110 miles of Dorset countryside. It's always a great relief when it all goes well and everyone is back safely.

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"The best part of the day has been presenting the medals and getting to congratulate and thank every rider for helping Macmillan.  

"The event first started in 1989 with 42 cyclists from Corfe Hills School.

"One of those cyclists was Barrie Corbin and he became a volunteer over the years, he was 80 today so we got him to start the ride at 8am this morning.

"I want to say a massive thank you to everyone who took part today and to all the volunteers who made this all possible."

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Cyclists took on rides of 100 miles, 63 miles, 48 miles or 38 miles.

Jon, whose father was undergoing lung cancer treatment, took on the challenge. 

Jon said: "I am taking on the 63-mile ride today. 

"This is my second year taking part, I had a knee injury last year that I've only just properly recovered from so I'm not expecting an amazing time but I'm happy to be taking part.

"Macmillan is an important cause to me because five years ago my dad was diagnosed with lung cancer, and they supported our family not just physically but emotionally as well.

"I want to help them raise as much money possible so I can give something back to them."

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Christopher, a cyclist taking part in the 48-mile ride, said: "I'm really looking forward to the ride with my son Joe.

"There is already a really nice atmosphere here, the sun is shining, and everyone is just eagerly waiting to start.

"This event is always brilliantly organised and is a really nice ride, thank you Macmillan."