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Local cyclist John Harrison is gearing up for his epic 140km Velothon Wales challenge with a charity ride starting from Hay in three weeks’ time.

Hay-based John will be 77 when he competes in Velothon Wales in June – making him the oldest entrant.

He says preparation is key to taking on big rides, and in the name of getting the miles in he’ll be ticking off an 80km loop from Hay,via Whitney, Eardisley, Dilwyn and Bridge Sollar on Saturday May 16th.

Whitney Toll Bridge will host the finish line – and much-needed refreshments.

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John is inviting other keen cyclists to join him on the ride, with the entry fee of £10 per rider going to Cancer Research. Whitney Toll Bridge will also donate crossing tolls taken on the day.

The cost includes tea / coffee and cake at Whitney Bridge, where sandwiches will also be available for an extra donation.

Entry is on the day, Saturday May 16th, starting at our HQ on Forest Road, Hay, at 10am, or at Whitney Toll Bridge at 10.30am. Route maps (see below) and route cards will be provided.

There’s also a family / junior ride option starting at Whitney Village Hall car park at 10.30 am (just past Church Barn Farm shop), with parking on the forecourt and lay-by opposite. The 11km event is £10 to enter for family groups, or £5 for individuals. You’ll need to head to Whitney Bridge afterwards for tea and cake!

If you’re without wheels, we have a range of bikes, tagalongs and childseats, that can be hired for the ride, and we’ll donate a third of every hire cost to Cancer Research.

Family bike hire for four costs £60, with £20 going to charity.

For the 80km loop we have steel-framed Genesis Equilibrium road bikes, as well as tandems and motor-assisted e-bikes if you feel like you might need a little help.

Road bike hire is £35, tandem £55 and e-bike £45, with 30% going to Cancer Research.

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