Organisers of Tour de Broads hope to harness Olympic spirit this weekend

Tour de Broads cycling event starting at Strumpshaw Hall in Norfolk and heading towards Acle, Wroxha

Tour de Broads cycling event starting at Strumpshaw Hall in Norfolk and heading towards Acle, Wroxham, Hickling and Coltishall.Picture: James Bass - Credit: Eastern Daily Press © 2015

Organisers of one the of the biggest cycling challenges in the county will hope to draw on the Olympic success of the likes of Laura Trott and Jason Kenny when the Richardson's Tour de Broads sets out this Sunday.

And delays in securing the status of the PedalPark at RAF Coltishall have not impeded the event, with 6,000 litres of bottled water brought in as the plumbing remains disconnected.

But Neil Turner, of Pedal Revolution, said the day would be an opportunity to show off the potential of the cycle circuit project.

Around 3,000 cyclists are expected to set out from the disused airfield on Sunday morning to join in routes of up to 100 miles around the Broads, and places are still open for the one hour family event.

'They will be riding around what will be the perimeter circuit of PedalPark, and will be able to come and look through some artists impressions of how we are going to transform it,' said Mr Turner.

'On the day people can come along for the family ride, which is about one hour and costs £2.50 - the proceeds of which will go to local cycling projects and good local causes.

'We have about 200 tickets left for the main ride, so we are on target to get around 3,000 cyclists out, which will be an amazing contribution to cycling in Norfolk.

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'Hopefully the Olympics has captivated people to want to try a sport and try something different. Cycling is amazingly accessible and is one of the few sports that is socially inclusive with the whole family. We want Norfolk to be able to join in the celebration of cycling and all the achievements in Rio, and any age or ability can join in.

'The whole Tour de Broads event is not for profit, and all the profits will be going towards local cycling projects including the creation of PedalPark, which will provide everyday riders the opportunity to ride traffic-free.'

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