champion joins hundreds of cyclists in ride through area
An Olympic, world and Commonwealth cycling champion joined hundreds
of riders in a ride through several local villages at the weekend.
Cooke was one of 800 cyclists to set off from Lands End
on Saturday for the 960-mile Ride Across Britain.
journey will finish at John OGroats on Sunday. The nine-day
Ride Across Britain took the cyclists through Wedmore, Mark and
East Huntspill on Sunday and Cheddar Gorge.
riders are averaging around 108 miles a day, and will climb around
15,000m in total, which is twice the height of Mount Everest.
Cooke, who retired from professional cycling in 2013, won a gold
medal at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing.
The Deloitte Ride Across Britain is one of the UKs top
cycling fundraisers. Since it launched in 2010, it has raised
more than £1.5 million for the British Paralympic Association
and matched this for other charities, making a total in excess
of £3 million.
in its sixth year, the event is widely recognised as the UKs
premier long distance cycling event and it takes cyclists of all
levels of fitness and ability through some of the countrys
most breath-taking landscapes.
Tuppen, Managing Director of Threshold Sports, which organises
the event, said: "Last year 93% of participants in the Deloitte
Ride Across Britain rated it as one of the best experiences of
really is one of the greatest sportives this country has to offer
with a stunning route, unrivalled logistical support and enormous
have cyclists from all over the world with a range of backgrounds
and cycling and fitness abilities aiming to complete the challenge
and discover our mantra that more is in you."