MORE than £9,000 was raised for good causes at Coventry’s Starley Sportive – one of the biggest charity rides in the West Midlands.
Over 470 riders saddled up for the charities, which included The Myton Hospices, Zoë’s Place Baby Hospice and University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire Charity.
The event – organised by the Deeley Group, Coventry Road Club and Coventry City Council – was supported by more than 50 volunteers, including 23 City Hosts.
A total of 20 local companies and organisations donated items, time and cash to support the event.
Among them were JLN Plumbing and Heating which rescued five riders left stranded around the route due to mechanical breakdowns.
Also on the day were performances by singers Richard Keogh, Vintage Celina Rose and Ruth Kelly, with Coventry artist Matt Casey creating a painting of professional cyclist Mark Cavendish for a prize draw.
After setting off from The Deeley Group’s George House, riders pedalled along winding roads and the glorious south Warwickshire countryside.
The short 28.6 mile route took riders towards Hatton, while those attempting the long route headed past Snitterfield and towards Alcester before returning to George House.
And the epic 86.5-miles route saw cyclists venture as far as the northern-most part of the Cotswolds where riders faced a challenging hill climb.
Ian Court, Coventry Road Club racing secretary, said: “It was great to see people getting back out on the road.
“Everyone who took part can be proud of their effort after another impressive day of fund-raising.”
He thanked everyone involved in organising the event, adding it would not have been possible without them.
And he said – all being well – organisers were setting their sights on holding the biggest event yet next year.
Edward Hudson, the Deeley Group’s business development manager, thanked all the sponsors and supporters and said: “It’s great to be reminded of how sport and cycling bring people together like this, especially after last year’s event had to be cancelled.”
Visit www.starleysportive.co.uk for more on the event.