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"Bigger and better" cycling festival cancelled as not enough riders sign up

Not enough riders signed up to the family cycle event Credit: PA

The organisers of an established cycling festival in Wiltshire have been forced to cancel it after not enough people signed up.

The annual Cycle Wiltshire Sportive - set up to develop a lasting legacy of cycling and healthy living across the county - was due to take place on 2nd October. Organisers had promised it would be "bigger and better in its third year" but have now broken the news it has been cancelled.

Riders were invited to cycle one of three routes through the Wiltshire countryside, including a special family route.

In a statement on their website, Cycle Wiltshire said:

Unfortunately, due to a lower number of rider entries than anticipated, we have made the difficult decision to cancel this year’s Cycle Wiltshire Sportive event, which was due to be held on 2 October.

We apologise for the short notice and for any inconvenience that this cancellation may cause. Any participants signed up to the event will receive a full refund within the next two weeks and have been sent an email relating to this.

– Cycle Wiltshire

Wiltshire Council's cabinet member for leisure, Jonathon Seed, had been one of those with high expectations for the event. Last month he said: “Once again the Olympics, and especially the British cycling team, has inspired us all with their record-breaking exploits. Success like this really does create a legacy and an enthusiasm, just as it has done in Wiltshire since 2012, and it encourages people to get active. Cycling is proving to be as popular as ever in Wiltshire, and this event gives people of all ages and abilities the opportunity to get on their bike and take in some stunning sights."

Ride London-Surrey riders held up after two crashes

Two cyclists taking part in the 100-mile Ride London-Surrey event have been airlifted to hospital after two separate crashes.

One man is in a serious condition after hitting a tree and another is being treated for a serious head injury after falling off his bike.

Many of the riders taking part in the annual event were held up for prolonged periods before being diverted after the first crash in Surrey this morning.

Thousands of people are taking part in the Ride London-Surrey event Credit: ITV News

The man was taken by air ambulance to St George's Hospital in Tooting, London.

The second crash took place at around 10.55am near Thames Ditton and he was also treated by air ambulance paramedics before being taken to a London hospital.

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Fundraiser to cycle 320 miles for Prostate Cancer charity

Charity fundraiser in training for major cycling challenge Credit: Ian Gregory

A man from the Isle of Wight is raising money for prostate cancer research by taking on three difficult cycling challenges.

47-year-old Ian Gregory has registered disabilities, but is set on raising money to help increase awareness of prostate cancer and fund research efforts to find a cure for the disease.

Ian was inspired to take action after his relative Don Exell died in 2010, following a case of undetected prostate cancer that he battled for 4 years.

The ‘3 ton challenge’ includes a 117 mile ride in France, the 100 mile Prudential Ride through London and Surrey in July, and the 104 mile Plymouth Gran Fondo.

The money he raises from sponsorship will go to Prostate Cancer UK.

National Bike Week comes to Gosport

People are being encouraged to 'get on their bikes' Credit: ITV

National Bike Week comes to Gosport on Saturday 18 June from 10am to 4pm in Falkland Gardens.

British Cycling, Gosport Borough Council, Portsmouth City Council and local companies are encouraging people to 'get on their bikes'.

Representatives will be on hand from British Cycling to give information on local guided rides, plus news on cycle events such as July’s Pedal Portsmouth.

Cycle Wiltshire Grand Prix starts in Salisbury today

The race is 110 miles through Wiltshire Credit: SWPIX.com

Members of the public are being invited to come and watch the Cycle Wiltshire Grand Prix which starts and finishes in Salisbury on Sunday 8th May 2016.

The event starts at 10am in the Market Square and is expected to finish at about 3pm. The organisers say the race village, in the centre of Salisbury, will feature cycling activities for spectators to join and an opportunity to meet riders and see them training.

The contest is part of the Motorpoint Spring Cup Series, a five-round series running from March to May.

Cyclists will ride past city landmarks Credit: SWPIX.com
Cyclists have to complete more than 5 laps of the route Credit: Cycle Wiltshire Grand Prix

New scheme to encourage cyclists in Portsmouth

Free guided rides will be organised Credit: ITV

A new cycling community has been launched by Portsmouth City Council to connect everyone interested in cycling in Portsmouth and beyond.

The Pedal Portsmouth Facebook page is the place to find out the latest news about cycling in the city.

There will be free guided rides in partnership with British Cycling, the annual Pedal Portsmouth family cycling event and professional cycling days in the city.

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Council gearing up to get more people cycling

A bike ride through a forest Credit: Press Association Images

Councillors in Basingstoke are meeting today to discuss plans aimed at encouraging more people to use their bikes.

If approved the town will create more cycle routes better linked to new developments.

Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council believes the scheme would see the number of cyclists double.

We will be giving local people the option to get fitter by leaving the car at home and cycling to work or for leisure, while at the same time; they will be contributing to a more sustainable local transport system. This will bring lots of benefits, including the promotion of renewable and green transport. Roads will be less congested and people will make savings on transport costs.

We are pro-walking, cycling, horse-riding and motorcycling as well as using the car, and this strategy will give people choices."

– Cllr Mark Ruffell, Cabinet Member for Planning and Infrastructure

Martine supports the Big Bike Revival

Many people have an old, neglected bike gathering dust in the garage or the garden shed. But despite 40% of people owning a bike, only 2% actually cycle regularly.

One person who does is actress and singer Martine McCutcheon, who supports a project called the Big Bike Revival. Last year dozens of cycle centres hosted two weeks of events aimed at getting more people to cycle.

It was so successful, the government's funding it again this year. Emma Wilkinson reports from the Guildford Bike Project in Surrey.

Interviewees: Paul Tuohy (CTC, the national cycling charity); Robert Goodwill MP (cycling minister); Martine McCutcheon; Jim Philpott-Saunders (Workshop supervisor at the Guildford Bike Project); Trevor Strudwick (Volunteer at the Guildford Bike Project).

Cyclists in Women's Tour prepare to ride through region

When it comes to cycling, our region is well and truly on the map. Last year the Tour of Britain saw the world's best male riders racing right through the South - and now, it's the women's turn.

The Women's Tour comes to the Thames Valley next week. Stage 5 of the race starts in Marlow and ends in Hemel Hempstead - crossing the Chiltern Hills on the way. Sarah Cooper reports.

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