Wessex Heartbeat has announced its sixth annual Cycle Sportive event.
Sponsored by the Hendy Group, the leading Hampshire cardiac charity is urging people across the region to saddle up and get peddling, in the hope of raising thousands of pounds.
Taking place on Sunday 19th September, participants will have the choice between a 40-mile route, or an extra-gruelling 70-mile route across the beautiful Test Valley, travelling through historic market towns and cities including Romsey, Salisbury and Winchester.
Mark Busby, commercial director at Hendy, is excited to be supporting the cycling event again: "We feel extremely privileged to be able to support Wessex Heartbeat's Cycle Sportive, and it's fantastic to see that the event can go ahead again this year.
"Our personal health has been put in the spotlight over the last 18 months, and many people have taken up cycling as a way to get fitter and healthier. What better excuse to put your skills to good use while raising vital funds for this important charity?"
John Munro, CEO of Wessex Heartbeat, added: "The Cycle Sportive is crucial for not only helping raise vital funds for Wessex Heartbeat, but also to help people get fitter.
"We are over the moon that we have been allowed to host the event for a sixth year in a row and can't wait to see some familiar - and new - faces for, what will be, a brilliant day."
Money raised from the Hendy Wessex Heartbeat Cycle Sportive will go towards the cardiac charity's refurbishment of its home-from-home Heartbeat House. In addition, the charity is asking for donations towards a revolutionary project which will allow surgeons to get an accurate 3D printed model of a patient's heart before surgery, giving additional insights and improving peace of mind for patients and their families.
The Cycle Sportive route will start and finish at Embley Park in Romsey and will take cyclists through Romsey over to Winchester, Stockbridge and Broughton, where the 70 and 40-mile routes split. The longer route travels over to Salisbury and the shorter route travels back to Romsey via East Tytherley.
In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, necessary steps will be put in place to follow strict health and safety procedures. On the day, the route will be arrowed and marshalled and there will be mechanical support provided on route by Giant, Southampton, as well as refreshments at Embley Park and Littleton.
To register for the event, please visit: https://www.heartbeat.co.uk/Event/cycle2021
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