THE Ribble Valley Ride charity bike ride is back this year, with three routes for all abilities starting in Clitheroe on Sunday, June 11.

There is an easy 25-mile route, a challenging 60-mile route, taking in North Craven, and the classic 100-mile route including some of the best hill climbs in Lancashire and the Yorkshire Dales.

The last Ribble Valley Ride raised £5,800 for three charities: Rosemere Cancer Foundation, Prostate Cancer UK and Rotary Great Britain and Ireland and the organisers from Accrington and Clitheroe Rotary Clubs are hoping to increase the total this year.

The 25-mile 'Challenge' route takes in the Ribble Valley, while the 60-mile ‘Expert’ is a tough, hilly ride through the Trough of Bowland and upper Ribble Valley. The Elite route goes even further, taking the high road to Hawes before returning via the Ribblehead Viaduct.

All routes will be signed and marshalled, with regular food and hydration stops along the way. Technical back-up is also available and food and drinks are included in the entry fees.

Chip timing and full classified results will be available, although the ride is absolutely non-competitive and if cyclists wish to shorten their ride, then they have ample opportunity to do so.

Entry fees start at £20 for the 25-mile route and the organisers are offering a discounted ‘family’ ticket to encourage active families to take part together.

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