RIDERS took to the streets as the cycling revolution made a barnstorming return to Woking roads on Sunday.
After running for two decades, the town’s popular Bikeathon was scrapped last year, but subsequently revived by the Woking Rotary Club.
The fundraiser gave residents the chance to get on their bikes for charity, and with more than 1,000 riders taking part, organisers are hopeful of generating a massive sum for local organisations. The Rotary club’s events chairman, Terry Smith, said: “It’s got to be good news raising money and getting everyone round Woking safely – it was a success for sure.”
Two routes were on offer for cyclists who paid a minimum of £5 per head to compete.
A 14-mile trek took riders as far as Chertsey, while the longer 29-mile journey took fundraisers through Egham, Chobham and Horsell. Both courses started and finished at the Bishop David Brown School in Sheerwater.
Emma Swan, 34, a spectator from Woking, said: “Me and my boyfriend were supporting my Dad, but we now wish we had taken part, as we’ve seen the community spirit involved.”
Charities to benefit from the day include Woking & Sam Beare Hospice, the White Lodge Centre, Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research, The Children’s Society and Woking Community First Responders.
Joseph Fabbri, 29, who watched the race from Horsell, said: “I came down last year to cheer on my brother, and I enjoyed it so much that I came back to watch it again, even though he’s not taking part this time.”
Steward Michael Steel, 65, said: “I stood ushering cyclists at the corner of Chobham Road and Victoria Way all day – it’s great! I get to encourage them and soak up the sun at the same time.”