Tour de Broads organisers reveal they are planning two bike races in 2017

The Tour De Broads is launched at the NNAB one of the charities the event will be supporting along w

The Tour De Broads is launched at the NNAB one of the charities the event will be supporting along with Macmillian, East Anglian air Ambulance, Nelsons Journey and Suffolk Wildlife Trust.Byline: Sonya DuncanCopyright: Archant 2016 - Credit: Sonya Duncan

A popular Broads biking fundraiser will be double the fun next year as a second route is launched.

Keen cyclists set off at the start line of the Tour de Broads cycle ride at the former RAF Coltishal

Keen cyclists set off at the start line of the Tour de Broads cycle ride at the former RAF Coltishall. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2016

The Tour de Broads, which is organised by local cycling retailer Pedal Revolution, will hold two events in 2017 to link the northern and southern waterways, with routes ranging from eight to 100 miles.

The first, held on April 30, will begin in Great Yarmouth and head south, winding around the southern Broads.

Then, on August 20, the second will weave through villages in the upper section of the wetlands – although a final route is yet to be announced.

It comes as part of a wider drive by Broads Tourism to promote the Broads network as a whole.

Keen cyclists set off at the start line of the Tour de Broads cycle ride at the former RAF Coltishal

Keen cyclists set off at the start line of the Tour de Broads cycle ride at the former RAF Coltishall. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2016

Last year's event, the fourth, raised about £60,000 for various causes, and 2017's fundraisers are set to benefit Macmillan, the East Anglian Air Ambulance, the Norfolk and Norwich Association for the Blind and many others.

The Tour will also now be offering a scholarship programme and offer young riders a sponsored bike, coaching and support for the summer season.

Entries for the routes open today – cyclists can enter by visiting www.tourdebroads.com or by visiting Pedal Revolution stores in Norwich and Gorleston.

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Riders can enter free of charge if they pledge to raise £150 for a charity.

For more information, click here.

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