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Tour de Furness
From: 2014.09.07 To: 2014.09.08
On the first Sunday of September, hundreds of cyclists will be saddling up for the biggest cycling event in South Cumbria. It could easily be the peloton in the Tour de France, until you realise that many in the field are under four feet tall or riding on the back of dad’s bike. This is the Tour de Furness – not so much the world’s toughest cycle race, but more a nice leisurely ride for all the family. Since the first event was organised in 1995 by local cyclist Bill Bartlett, the charity ride has raised thousands for St Mary’s Hospice and other good causes – last year alone more than £30,000 was raised. Each year it has grown, and more than 400 riders are expected to line-up at Roose Conservative Club, in Barrow, on September 5. Event co-ordinator Bill Nickson, from the Rotary Club of Furness, who organise the event, says: “It’s become a major event in the town.