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New routes and a new cause for Nottinghamshire’s biggest bike ride

Over 4000 cyclists will take to Nottinghamshire’s roads on Sunday 24th June this year to help raise money for Nottingham Hospitals Charity – the new partner for the county’s biggest bike ride.

Cycle Live is one of several events that will contribute towards Nottingham Hospitals Charity’s Big Appeal, hoping to raise £4million over four years for Nottingham Children’s Hospital.

Nottingham Hospitals Charity’s Chief Executive Barbara Cathcart has signed up for the ride herself and says: “I am absolutely delighted that our charity is joining forces with Perfect Motion for Cycle Live in support of our Big Appeal for Nottingham Children’s Hospital.  The hospital helps around 60,000 children each year and is an incredibly important specialist regional paediatric centre.

“Our supporters are already signing up for the event including many of our amazing staff from the Children’s Hospital. Personally, I can’t wait to try out the new routes.  A great way to see Nottinghamshire and support a great cause!”

At the same time, event owners and organisers, Perfect Motion have been making changes to the five routes that feature as part of Cycle Live. Riders can still choose one of five different options – 25mile, 50mile, 75mile, 100mile and 125mile, each with its own ‘very Nottinghamshire’ identity.

The longest and most ‘severe’ Sheriff route is 125 miles in length and this year takes in six larger hills, known as ‘category climbs’, the longest of which is over 7km in length. It’s certainly not for the faint-hearted, with riders having to overcome a total of 1,500 metres of ascent.

At the other end of the spectrum, the 25mile Robin Hood option is a relatively flat route with two feed stops, where riders can refuel and recharge their batteries. Taking in quieter roads and country lanes, this family-friendly route showcases a lot of what Rushcliffe has to offer, passing through Ruddington, Keyworth, Plumtree, Cotgrave, Cropwell Bishop, Cropwell Butler and Radcliffe-on-Trent.

In between cyclists can take on the 50mile Friar Tuck, 75mile Maid Marian, or 100mile ‘Little’ John.

Commenting on the new routes and partnership with Nottingham Hospitals Charity, Perfect Motion owner and Event Director, Chris Simon said:

“We have been wanting to make some improvements for a few years now, particularly around where we cross the A52 and how the longer rides get back to the finish on the Embankment. We also wanted to make the 100 and 125mile routes a little more challenging for those taking part. We think we’ve come up with five safe and very enjoyable routes.

“I am also delighted to welcome Nottingham Hospitals Charity on board as our new charity partners. Their Big Appeal is a very worthy campaign and something that I am sure touches many of us here in Nottingham and the surrounding area. As event organisers, we’ll be doing everything we can to maximise the funds generated from the charity’s partnership with Cycle Live. We’re really looking forward to working with the whole team over the next two years.”

Nottingham Hospitals Charity is currently recruiting a team of cyclists to get on their bikes for Cycle Live Nottingham, which takes place on Sunday 24th June. If you want to help raise money for the charity’s Big Appeal and join the team, please contact charity@nuh.nhs.uk for further information, or go to their website www.nottinghamhospitalscharity.org.uk.

To find out more about Cycle Live, you can visit the website – www.cyclelivenottingham.co.uk.