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Hardy Cyclists Conquer Break The Cycle 2016

More than 200 cyclists saddled up on Sunday to take on Break The Cycle 2016’s gruelling 110-mile route and raise money for Bristol Rugby Community Foundation.

Setting off from Ashton Gate Stadium at 7.30am, the hardy cyclists were sent on their way by a guard of honour formed of Joe Joyce, Nick Koster, Mark Sorenson, Gaston Cortes and Jack O’Connell of Bristol Rugby.

The route saw the cyclists leave Bristol and head out towards Bath, before pedalling through Tetbury and on to Kingsholm Stadium, home of Gloucester Rugby.

From there, they cycled through Frocester, Leyhill, Old Down and Almonsbury and then on to the Portway, before finishing back at Ashton Gate.

Chief community officer, Ben Breeze hailed another hugely successful event and says plans have already turned to next year’s event.

He said: “It’s been another great event – brutally hard work, as expected, but it’s amazing to see so many people going through the pain barrier to raise money for the Foundation.

“We’re doing some fantastic work in the community and fundraisers like this enables us to continue doing it.

“We’ll be back again next year and between now and then, hopefully, we’ll have some exciting projects to announce.”

Each cyclist was set a fundraising target of £250 and fundraising manager, Sally Mabbutt said the event was on course to top last year’s total.

She said: “The fundraising effort has been fantastic once again. There have been so many different fundraisers before today, so a huge thank you to everyone involved and massive congratulations to all who took part today, it’s been a great day.”