Paralympic cyclist Jody Cundy is backing a new and unique charity cycle ride in West Norfolk taking place this summer.
Jody, who is the face of Chartwell, is lending his support to the Cycle Together ride, which is suitable for people of all ages and abilities, with short, gentle rides for families or recreational cyclists, and longer rides to the North Norfolk coast for the more experienced riders.
And although the event is organised by the national Leonard Cheshire Disability charity, all the money raised will go to its local respite hotel, Park House, Sandringham.
Jody, a Norfolk-born Paralympic gold medallist, who gave up professional swimming to pursue his successful cycling career, said: “I will never forget the day I tried cycling for the first time. I immediately fell in love with it and before I knew it I had broken my first record. I would encourage anyone to take part in this event. Cycling is fun, accessible for loads of people and a great way to keep fit.
“Cycle Together is a great idea, an opportunity for everyone, beginners and experienced cyclists alike, to get active. So why not sign up, get cycling and raise some funds for the excellent work that Park House does for its disabled guests and their carers?”
The routes have been created by experienced local cyclists, and are designed to stay away from busy roads and enjoy the charms of Norfolk’s back roads and villages. There will be free food and drink stations at selected intervals, and there are plenty of great pubs and cafes along the way for those planning to make a leisurely day out of it.
The event takes place on Sunday, June 23, the longest day, and hopefully a day when the sun will shine. All rides start and finish in the grounds of Park House at Sandringham. There will be ample free parking, the routes will be clearly sign-posted, and there will be mechanical and medical support along the way for those that need it. Above all, we expect a tremendous atmosphere, with hundreds of cyclists taking part in a day to remember.
The event is receiving generous support from local businesses, including Adrian Flux Insurance Services, Masterfoods, Stream Foods, Fat Birds Don’t Fly and Steve’s Taxi Service, Dersingham.
For full details and on-line entry visit www.lcdisability.org/