Cycle Together Sandringham organisers hope for Le Tour boost

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Officials behind a charity cycling event to be held at Sandringham this weekend are hoping that the visit of the Tour de France to England will give them a final surge in participants.

Millions of people lined the route of the world’s biggest cycling event as it began in Yorkshire at the weekend.

And many cycling enthusiasts from West Norfolk also watched the third stage, from Cambridge to London, on Monday.

One of them was Phil Davies, a member of the organising committee for this Sunday’s Cycle Together Sandringham, and he hopes to see the huge enthusiasm reflected in more starters.

He said: “Perhaps the Tour de France is also whetting the appetite to get the bikes out on to the roads. Don’t just watch it, get out and ride.”

Around 300 riders have already signed up to take part in this weekend’s event in aid of the Park House respite hotel, which provides breaks for disabled people and their carers.

And, with fresh memories of the Tour and the chance to sign up on the day, officials are hopeful that as many as 700 people, around 200 more than for last year’s inaugural event, may take part.

Mr Davies said he was delighted with entries, which are already up on the same point last year and which he feels are being boosted even further by the growing popularity of the support and good cycling conditions in the county.

Sunday’s event will start and finish in the grounds of Park House and riders will be able to tackle routes of 10, 20, 50 or 100 miles.

The 10 mile course goes north to Ingoldisthorpe and takes in the hamlets of Shernbourne and Anmer before returning to the start, while the 20 mile route continues to Snettisham, Fring and Great Bircham, before rejoining the shorter course at Anmer.

Riders tackling the 50 mile course will head towards Ringstead, before turning east towards the Burnhams.

From Burnham Market, they will then head south towards the Creakes and Syderstone, before linking up with the 20 mile riders at Great Bircham.

And those feeling fit enough to tackle the full 100 miles will find themselves pedalling towards Wells-next-the-Sea and Holt.

Online entries close at midnight tonight, but riders can sign up on Sunday from 7am. The 100 mile ride starts from 8am, with the 50 mile route beginning at 8.30am.

The two shorter routes are scheduled to start at 9.15am, though organisers say participants should arrive 30 minutes before they plan to start.

For more information about the event, or to enter, visit, or phone Park House on 01485 543000.