Photo Gallery: Norwich 25/50/100 charity cycle challenge

The British Heart Foundation's Norwich Cycle Challenge. The cyclists set off at the start near City Hall. Picture: Denise Bradley The British Heart Foundation's Norwich Cycle Challenge. The cyclists set off at the start near City Hall. Picture: Denise Bradley

Monday, June 2, 2014
11:11 AM

Thousands of cyclists are spending the day in the saddle in Norfolk today, using pedal power to boost the British Heart Foundation.

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With the sun beating down on their backs, the cyclists set off from The Forum in Norwich for one of three routes - 25 miles, 50 miles and 100 miles.

The 25 mile route heading across to Coltishall and back to the start, while the 50 mile route loops back to Norwich past Bickling Hall.

The 100-milers continue up to the coast and east to the half-way point at Sheringham, before skirting the Broads to head for the finish at Bishopgate in Norwich city centre.

Refreshment stops have been set up along the route, with support vehicles keeping an eye on the riders.

The event is raising money for the British Heart Foundation. Heart Disease is the UK’s biggest single killer and the charity’s goal is to ensure hearts keep beating.

In 1961 the number of children born with a heart defect who survived to their first birthday was around only 20pc. Today that figure is 80pc, thanks to procedures such as valve replacement that help them lead improved lives.

3 comments

  • Quite right @backwoodsman, your speedy journey to Mundesley on a Sunday is far more important. Perhaps next year everyone who wants to take part in the Norwich 100 can club together to build a catapult to fire you over the moon, leaving the roads clear and the internet a slightly better place.

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    Pulsating_Member

    Tuesday, June 3, 2014

  • @backwoodsman Apart from the start there was very little 3 abreast riding. I probably passed over 600 cyclists and maybe saw it twice. I wonder if you're confusing cyclists overtaking other cyclists where from behind it looks like ones riding 3 abreast? But anyway, you should use the opposite lane for overtaking, I assume you where doing that and I assume those 3 abreast cyclists where not cycling in the opposite lane? As for aggression, didn't see any myself, the overall attitude was very upbeat. As for wobbling about. You know there's a reason the HC askes motorists to give vulnerable road users space, if they are wobbling they are probably kids, oaps or disabled. Advanced warning? The cyclists used one route, all motorists have to do is turn off and use another road if its that inconvenient. serious accidents? If there where any I would wonder if its the fault of the cyclist or the motorist. Lost count of the dangerous over taking maneuvers I saw from motorists.

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    monkeynuts

    Monday, June 2, 2014

  • I know this is a worthy cause but as a driver, this event was an absolute nightmare. Most of the ones I tried to pass on the Mundesley road this morning were 3 abreast, wobbling all over the place and downright aggressive at times. Cyclists in large numbers are a pain! Why was there no advance warning of this? I would happily have gone another way. How there aren't serious accidents is beyond me.

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    backwoodsman

    Sunday, June 1, 2014

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