Cycling enthusiasts are being encouraged to leap into the saddle for the 11th anniversary staging of a popular charity ride, which is moving to a new venue for 2014.
Cycle 4 Cynthia is returning on Sunday, September 21, and the run-up to the event will start with a launch night at Franklin’s Gardens on Wednesday, February 12.
The event has traditionally been held at Althorp, but is moving to a new venue in 2014, which will be revealed at the launch night.
The event has raised more than a quarter of a million pounds for its two benefiting charities – The Friends of Cynthia Spencer Hospice and Macmillan Cancer Support in the county – over the past decade.
Northampton Saints coach Jim Mallinder, who has ridden in the event for the last two years, will again be on hand to present the trophies to the prize winners from 2013, including to the individual who raised the most money, the team sporting the best fancy dress and the chairman’s prize, which is given to the person deemed to have made a special contribution to the event.
He will be joined by players Christian Day and Calum Clark, who captained the England Saxons last month, although Dylan Hartley and Tom Wood, who rode last year, will be absent as they are on duty for England’s Six Nations campaign.
They all hope to take part in the ride itself, as does former Northamptonshire and England cricketer Allan Lamb, who also completed it last year.
Also at the launch will be staff from St Andrew’s in Northampton, which has just named the hospice as its chosen charity of the year.
Therapy manager, Phil Broxton, said: “We’ve had riders of all ages and abilities take part in the event for the last three years and, thanks to the great organisation and the amazing atmosphere on the day, our guys have always really enjoyed it, so our team’s set to be even bigger this time.
“Cycling is also a great for improving your fitness so I’d really encourage everyone to take part as I can’t think of a better way of showing support for these two fantastic and thoroughly deserving charities.”
For more information, call Northampton 678088 or visit www.cycle4cynthia.com