RAF charity seeks cyclists to raise funds with ride through Rutland

A national military charity is recruiting cyclists for a fundraising challenge across Rutland during National Bike Week, to help support RAF veterans and serving personnel.

The Royal Air Forces Association, which supports the RAF family, will be staging RAFA Rides: Rutland on Saturday 15 June.

The charity is looking for riders to sign up to either the 33 mile, 70 mile or 100 mile route, with a view to raising more than £20,000.

The full day event, which begins and ends at Café Ventoux, on Wood Lane in Tugby, will pass through various villages in Rutland, with the longer routes also crossing into Leicestershire, Northamptonshire and Lincolnshire.

Air Vice-Marshal Gary Waterfall, RAF Association ambassador and supporter of the event, said:

“We’d love to get as many keen cyclists as we can to take part in this fun challenge through the rolling hills of Rutland and its surrounding counties.

“Last year we managed to raise more than £20,000, which went towards projects supporting members of the RAF family, and we’re aiming to raise even more this year.”

The longer routes, which includes picturesque views of Rutland Water and the Vale of Belvoir, are aimed at experienced cyclists, while the shorter 33 mile route is ideal for those new to cycling challenges.

All cyclists will receive a medal, as well as a beer or soft drink and a burger, at the finish line. A live band and other entertainment will also be provided at Café Ventoux, and food stations along the route will offer delicious refreshment to the riders throughout all routes.

National Bike Week takes place from 8 to 16 June and is delivered by Cycling UK. It aims to encourage a quarter of a million people to join in events, rethink their everyday journeys and switch to cycling as the most convenient way of getting around.

Sign up to the RAFA Rides Rutland challenge, and more information about the event.

Image: Air Vice-Marshal Gary Waterfall (centre), RAF Association ambassador, took part in last year’s cycle ride through Rutland, which raised more than £20,000 for the charity. This year, the RAF Association wants to raise even more.

See also: Military support organisations

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