Diss Cyclathon to return for a second year

Participants in the inaugural Diss Cyclathon. Courtesy of Neil Collins.

Participants in the inaugural Diss Cyclathon. Courtesy of Neil Collins. - Credit: Archant

It was a successful cycling event, which saw hundreds of cyclists, young and old, descend on nine market towns and villages, and organises have confirmed the Diss Cyclathon will return this summer.

Diss will again turn into the cycling centre of the region in June when riders of all ages and abilities will be encouraged to fasten their helmets and get on their bikes.

The event also hosts a what the organisers call a Nine Town Sportive which will challenger the 1,000 riders to tackle routes of 25, 50 or 100 miles and taking in beautiful country lanes and the sites of towns including Wymondham, Thetford and Beccles.

Last year's cyclathon raised £1,700 for the East Anglian Air Ambulance (EAAA) and will once again be raising money for the life-saving charity.

Alan Franks, event organiser, said: 'We had such positive feedback from last year's cyclathon that we simply didn't have any choice but to run it again in 2017.

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'We're also aiming to make it bigger and better with space for twice as many riders this year so hopefully we'll raise even more money to support local cycling as well as our partner charity East Anglian Air Ambulance.

'More than anything, however, it is about celebrating all the fantastic things about cycling in Norfolk and Suffolk and getting all the family in to Diss to enjoy the day.'

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Throughout the day there will be stalls and entertainment for the whole family.

Holly Noon from EAAA said: 'With the charity receiving no direct government funding, the EEEA relies on the generosity of individuals and events such as this across the region to continue the lifesaving service our outstanding helicopters and crew provide in East Anglia, 365 days a year.

'We're delighted to be working with Diss Cyclathon for a second year and hope that the 1,000 riders in the Nine Town Sportive will support us too with their fundraising and sponsorship.'

The cyclathon will take place on June 25.

Sign up for the Nine Town Sportive starts from February 1 and more information can be found at http://www.disscyclathon.org/

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