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Cyclists gear up with hope to break Cumbria bicycle tour's fundraising record

A RECORD number of cyclists are set to saddle up in Cumbria in a bid to emulate the achievements of Froome, Wiggins and Cavendish.

joining the peloton Riders setting off from Roose Conservative Club at the start of last year’s Tour de Furness

This weekend’s Tour de Furness will see 616 people take to the roads for the charity bike ride, and organisers hope the huge number of participants will see them smash their former fundraising total.

Geoff James is from the Rotary Club of Furness, which organises the event.

He said: “With the number of riders we should exceed last year’s figure of £31,000.”

Now in its 18th year, the Tour de Furness returns on Sunday, in aid of St Mary’s Hospice.

Cyclists will line up at Roose Conservative Club in Barrow, before taking the option of one of three routes.

Those taking part will be choosing between a 50-mile ride to Coniston, a 13-mile route along the coast road and through parts of Barrow and a family fun ride along the old railway track from Roose to the Concle Inn at Roa Island and back.

The more experienced riders who take on the ‘Furness 50’ will follow the coast road to Ulverston and travel through countryside along the eastern shore of Coniston Water, through Coniston and south down the western side of the lake.

Motorists are being asked to be vigilant about the riders on the road as they aim to bring back as much money as possible for charity.

Because of roadworks at Coniston, the longest course has had to be changed to minimise the risks posed by the area’s narrow lanes.

On the way out they will now turn left at Arrad Foot, before rejoining the route at the Penny Bridge junction with the A5092.

The return will go the normal way through the traffic lights at Greenodd onto the A590, with the Highways Agency set to control the lights to allow the cyclists time to get along the road.

Mr James said: “We would just like to warn motorists of the Tour de Furness and to ask them to give the cyclists plenty of room.”

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