The start of the 20 mile Pedal for Parkinson's. Picture by Nathan Lewis.
AROUND 90 keen cyclists donned their lycra and took to the saddle to raise vital funds for a Parkinson’s support and research charity yesterday (Sunday).
The beautiful Isle of Wight countryside provided the setting for Pedal for Parkinson’s — a one-day cycle ride in aid of Parkinson’s UK.
The Island — described by Lonely Planet as a "cycling paradise" — was specially selected as just one of five locations in Britain for a Pedal for Parkinson’s ride.
Starting at Seaclose Park, Newport, the event featured two routes — a 20-mile cycle to Brading via Wootton and Smallbrook Stadium, heading back along the downs road, and a longer 60-mile ride taking in the West Wight, including the iconic Military Road.
The routes were designed to suit all abilities, from families to experienced cyclists.
A charity spokesman said: "Parkinson’s UK is hoping to raise £15,000 from the event. The funds will make a real difference to our work to improve life for everyone affected by Parkinson’s in the south of England."