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Epic East Lancashire bike ride aims to raise rescue cash
AN epic bike ride around the famous Mary Towneley Loop is set to raise cash for Rossendale and Pendle Mountain Rescue team.
The challenge, which is in its 10th anniversary year, will see riders tackle the 47-mile course.
Last year around 180 riders took on the gruelling mountain bike event and this year the team is hoping that even more people will take part.
The tricky route, which passes through the West Pennine Moors, sees riders take on 47 miles of bridleway and 2.5km of ascent and descent.
Victoria Wakeman, from Rossendale and Pendle MRT, said: “It’s a tough challenge because it’s a long ride and because of the ascent and descent. But it’s well worth it, and people seem to enjoy the cakes at the end too!
“The team costs around £30,000 a year to fund, and it’s all through donations. We’re also looking for a new vehicle as we have quite an old one.”
Representatives from the team will be at checkpoints along the way to provide refreshments and help those who are struggling who decide to withdraw. Toilet and shower facilities will also be available.
The ride will take place on Sunday, September 15. Cyclists will set off from Fearns Moss on Edgeside Lane in Stacksteads at 9am. Registration is open from 8am when the team will be ready to meet and greet cyclists with hot drinks and toast.
To enter the bike ride visit: http://www.rpmrt.org.uk/. It is also possible to enter on the day — just turn up with your bike, your kit, and your £20 entry fee.
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