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Pedal power in Gloucester to support Pied Piper appeal

By The Citizen  |  Posted: June 01, 2014


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HUNDREDS of people took part in a cycle ride this weekend to help sick children across Gloucestershire.

Around 500 cyclists rode the Pied Piper Gloucester Sportive on Sunday, with keen riders from clubs and organisations across the county tackling either the 50km, 100km or 160km options.

They set off from the home of Gloucester Rugby, Kingsholm, where there was a Sportive village.

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There was full medical and mechanical support along the routes, plenty of feed stations stocked with homemade cakes and energy drinks and a professional Sportive photographer to capture riders.

Students from Gloucestershire College were on hand to massage tired cyclists when they finished.

The Sportive, led by professional cycling events company Velo Events, raised cash for Pied Piper, which works with sick and life-limited children.

Money raised through the event is still being counted.

Every penny will stay in the county, providing medical and other equipment, along with minibuses and sensory rooms, which the NHS simply cannot afford.

BBC sports presenter Jill Douglas and ex-Gloucester and England rugby stars Phil Vickery and Trevor Woodman gave the event their backing.

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