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Over 400 Cyclists Take Part In Break The Cycle

More than 400 riders took part in a charity bike ride from Ashton Gate Stadium this Sunday to raise funds for young people in need.

Bristol Rugby Community Foundation's Break The Cycle has gone from strength to strength over recent years, with participant numbers rising from 140 last year.

Now in its fifth year, the event featured old friends and rivals, Bath Rugby Foundation and Gloucester Rugby on the ride, with the route encompassing all three clubs.

Setting off from Ashton Gate on Sunday morning, the 120-mile course took the riders through Bristol to Bath, up to Gloucester before returning to Bristol.

The field included staff from all three clubs, as well as three-time Olympian cyclist Oli Beckingsale. It wasn't all plain sailing for the competitors though, as Sam FM DJ 'Downsy' found out to his peril, picking up a broken arm for his troubles after this nasty fall:

Bristol Rugby Community Foundation's Ben Breeze wished 'Downsy' a speedy recovery and said it was a humbling day:

"I was genuinely humbled and impressed by the efforts of all our participants.

"I'd like to thank everyone involved in making the day so special, whether it was shirt sponsorship, product supply, volunteering time and/or 120 miles of beautiful riding (mixed with plenty of challenge), their efforts are hugely appreciated by all 3 Community Departments involved."

Breeze added that he's already looking ahead to next year:

"We are keen to continue to grow and improve the event year on year – I am aiming for 1,000 riders next time!"

Ben's attention now turns to this Saturday, June 20th, when he takes part in the Bristol Grand Prix Cycle Road race, featuring a challenging 1.3km figure-of-eight course through the city centre.

A gallery of images from the day can be found on our Facebook page here.

Find out more about the Bristol Grand Prix Cycle Road Race here.

Learn about all the great work the Bristol Rugby Community Foundation get involved with on their website here.