Successful Women on Wheels charity bike ride raises more than £1,200
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A popular cycling event, which inspires women and girls to get on their bikes, has been praised by organisers and those taking part.
This year's Women on Wheels (WoW) ride returned to Southwold for its third year on Sunday, July 22.
Organised by the Rotary Club of Southwold and District, alongside main sponsor – luxury holiday cottage letting agency So Southwold – the event was hailed a success.
A spokesman for Southwold Rotary said: 'It was a fantastic day, very warm, but there was a great atmosphere and lots of fun.'
With temperatures hitting 30 degrees Celsius, more than 70 women took to the lanes around Southwold for the event. With the event open to women aged eight to 88, whether a novice, recreational or regular cyclist, riders gathered at the William Godell Sports Pavilion, and after the ride briefing they were sent on their way by Southwold Mayor, Michael Rowan-Robinson.
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Riders were able to choose from three routes to suit ability – a seven-mile ride to Walberswick, an 18-mile ride to Shadingfield or 30-miles, by adding an extra loop out to Sotterley and Mutford.
The riders got the chance to stop for a short rest at the Shadingfield Fox, where they could top up with wonderful homemade cakes and refreshments supplied by the villagers. Then, once the water bottles were refilled, they got back into the saddle and returned to Southwold.
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On completing the ride those who took part were presented with medals and a goodie bag, which was donated by Sea Salt, Southwold.
The spokesman for Southwold Rotary added: 'This event is very much a social ride to encourage ladies to enjoy cycling in the safe company of others. The routes are marshalled, well signposted, has back riders and a mobile mechanic and pick up service if needed.
'Southwold Rotary would like to thank all those who participated and helped to make this a successful event.'
With the event raising more than £1,200 for Southwold Rotary's charities, speaking afterwards, one rider said: 'Very well organised and friendly event one of the best we have been to. Will definitely be doing more 'wow' events in the future.'
Another added: 'Excellent ride, great marshals, great organisation. Will do again next year.'