More than 200 riders saddled up to take part in the 2016 Royal Tunbridge Wells Bike Ride, which, as in previous years, set out from Dunorlan Park. The weather may have been overcast and cool for spectators but provided perfect riding conditions for participants opting for either the 25, 55 or 85-mile route – with the 55-mile ride proving the most popular with entrants.
In total the day helped to raise more than £2,000 for 2016’s chosen charity Matthew’s Friends – a UK charity specialising exclusively in medical Ketogenic Dietary Therapies.
One of the organisers of this year’s ride, Simon, has a young daughter Jessica who is being helped and supported by the charity, and Jessica was on hand to give out the medals and welcome the riders back at the end of their challenge.
A big well done to all those who took part in the event, organised by Wildside Cycles, and a special mention for the first home in each distance, along with sponsors, including INDEX Magazine.
• 25-mile – Steve Homan with a time of 1:17:54
• 55-mile – Paul Hudson with a time of 3:02:43
• 85-mile – Stewart Grant with a time of 4:55:03
Photographs by Lauren Towner