About 250 keen cyclists took part in the Good Friday Sportive, starting and finishing at Cyclopark in Gravesend and raising £2,000 for charity in the process.
This year the annual event was linked to KCC Chairman David Brazier’s charity appeal. Proceeds are generated for the Kent Community Foundation, which connects fund-raisers with good causes across the county.
Mr Brazier, himself a keen cyclist, was keen to take part in the Sportive but was suffering from flu. He was, however, able to be on hand to wave off the first group of riders.
“Considering the weather, I was delighted with the turn-out for the Sportive and with the fact that it raised £2,000 for my chosen charity,” he said.
“It was a pleasure to see so many enthusiastic cyclists and I applaud all those who completed either of the two courses.”
After a warm-up lap of the Cyclopark circuit, the elite cyclists headed out into the quiet lanes of the surrounding Kent countryside for 55 miles of testing climbs, fast flats and exhilarating descents!
It was the first time the event has also hosted a family route, having riders of all ages taking part across the 15 miles, before a for well-earned rest and refreshments back at the Park Eat Café.