Great tour approaches

PUBLISHED: 16:09 22 June 2010

Cyclists line up at Axmouth harbour as Axe Valley Pedallers celebrate National Bike Week

Cyclists line up at Axmouth harbour as Axe Valley Pedallers celebrate National Bike Week

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Tour fever hits Seaton

Axe Valley Pedallers enjoyed wonderful sunshine for their annual National Bike Week celebration day in Seaton.

About 70 cyclists of all ages turned up to join one of the five rides on offer from the active Axe Valley based cycle club. The rides included, for the first time, a route for electric bikes that was led by David Evans of Colyton, a very welcome addition to the club whose motto is “Cycling for All”.

The cyclists formed a parade of bicycles and slowly pedalled along the Esplanade. Bells were rung, horns tooted and flags and balloons moved in the light breeze on this fun spectacle. The cyclists made their way to Cliff Field Gardens and enjoyed a long picnic together.

A question from a bystander to the Chairman of Axe Valley Pedallers Alistair Cope, just about summed up why the club is growing so fast. when they asked “What’s the best thing about cycling?” Alistair replied: “Having fun!”

●DON’T FORGET: On July 3, an intrepid band of cyclists drawn from the worlds of sport, celebrity, charity, politics, science and the arts will gather in Seaton to embark on one the Britain’s last great sporting challenges – to circumnavigate the coast by bicycle.

Keeping the sea to their right for 64 days the riders will never lose the sight, smell or sound of the sea during their epic 6600km pedal for charity.

The ride will be hosted by well known athletes who will be joined by a wide variety of guests and charity riders to create a colourful and inspirational sporting celebration of the British coastline.

While you may expect a ride around the coastline to be mainly flat, The Great Tour will climb a total of 87,500 metres, the equivalent of riding up Mount Everest from sea-level 10 times!

Go to www.thegreattour.org for more information.

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