Pedal power will give a boost to cancer charity
- Credit: Archant
Organisers of the third annual Tour De Broads Festival have announced their official charity partner.
The event, which will take place on Saturday, August 22, and Sunday, August 23, will be raising money for Macmillan Cancer Support – which helps to support people through their cancer diagnosis, treatment and beyond.
Local charity Love The Broads – which funds projects vital for the conservation of the Broads National Park – will also benefit from the event.
Emily Ford, challenge events manager at Macmillan, said: 'We are absolutely delighted to be involved with Tour de Broads this year. We have a big gap in cycling in East Anglia at the moment and we are thrilled to be able to work on such a local level with this fantastic event. We hope that many cyclists will want to support Macmillan and make a difference to thousands of people across Norfolk.
'In Norfolk, 5,377 people are diagnosed with cancer every year and we predict that by 2030, the number of people living with cancer in Norfolk will fill Norwich City's Carrow Road stadium two-and-a-half times.'
The event, sponsored by Stalham-based Richardson's Boating Holidays and Pedal Revolution, is organised by Revolution Events and takes in the northern Broads. The Evening News's sister paper, the Eastern Daily Press, is a media partner.
Starting at Strumpshaw Hall, near Norwich, there will be three routes – a three-mile family ride, a 40-mile challenge and 70-mile epic route – which will allow cyclists to challenge themselves and enjoy the beauty of the Broads.
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Luke Rumbelow, Tour De Broads organiser, said: 'We are really excited to have Macmillan on board.
'Last year the Tour de Broads doubled its number of entrants, and this year we are expecting over 2,000 riders to take part, which is fantastic for this area.
'The three routes offer something different for every type of rider, with challenging ascents and the popular downhills. The Tour de Broads is a cycle event for anyone to come and enjoy.'
Archant, this newspaper's publisher, Broads Bike Hire Association and Richardson's, will publish a free family cycle trail guide in March.
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