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Charity cycle ride returns as spin off group reaches 100 members




The 100th member of the Bury Bicycle Collective (BBC) Martha Lebentz (right) with her mother and co-founder of the BBC Amelia Richardson (left). Martha joins the BBC as the date for Women on Wheels Bury St Edmunds 2016 is announced. ANL-160602-161250001
The 100th member of the Bury Bicycle Collective (BBC) Martha Lebentz (right) with her mother and co-founder of the BBC Amelia Richardson (left). Martha joins the BBC as the date for Women on Wheels Bury St Edmunds 2016 is announced. ANL-160602-161250001

A popular Bury St Edmunds charity cycle ride will return for a third time - as a spin off group from the event welcomes its 100th member.

Cyclists are encouraged to get on their bikes for the 2016 Women on Wheels (WoW) at Nowton Park on Sunday, July 10 in aid of St Nicholas Hospice Care.

It follows a landmark for spin off social cycling group group Bury Bicycle Collective (BBC) which has recruited its 100th member.

The group was set up by two Women on Wheels participants Ann Williamson and Amelia Richardson.

Last year’s event attracted more than 180 female cyclists and raised more than £10,000 for the hospice.

It is sponsored by specialist bike retailer Revel Outdoors and is organised by Abbeycroft Leisure in partnership with Mildenhall Cycling Club, Cycle Suffolk and the hospice.

Alison Blackwell, Abbeycroft Leisure’s development director, said: “There’s no doubt that Women on Wheels Bury St Edmunds has been a huge success.

“With nearly 200 participants last year we are very much looking forward to this year’s event.

“Not only has the event been a great success but what has come from this is a fantastic social ladies only cycling group set up by participants of WoW. They have this month reached 100 members which is fantastic and we hope it encourages more women to get cycling whatever their age or fitness level.”

The BBC is a facebook group through which ladies can join to meet up with other ladies who want to go cycling together. Their 100th member is Martha Lebentz, 12, of Bury, who is the daughter of co-founder Amelia Richardson.

Partipants for WoW will be able to choose between routes of five, 20 or 50 miles through countryside cycle paths around Bury, starting at Nowton Park. To register visit www.acleisure.com/wow with an early bird offer of £15 until Feb 19.



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