Peddle power fuels triumphant cyclists
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The Hasleton and Crotch families from Windsor.
THOUSANDS of charity cyclists crossed the line to finish a marathon bike ride in Windsor.
Families and friends were given a triumphant welcome at Alexandra Gardens on Sunday afternoon as they finished a 29, 37 or 55-mile cycle.
Cyclists arrived at the park in Barry Avenue from 3pm onwards, after setting off from Richmond Green, Surrey, earlier in the morning.
Paula Haselton, from Dedworth, completed the 29-mile ride with son Paul, 14, and five friends. She said: "We loved it - it was great fun and was a great atmosphere and lovely day out."
Friend Jane Doran, from Windsor, added: "It's the first time I've done a cycle ride like this. I went to watch the Olympic road cycling and it was fantastic. It was a big incentive and very inspiring."
Cyclists were raising funds for charity Guide Dogs. The event was organised by Bike Events.
Mark Crotch, who completed the 37-mile ride with 11-year-old son Jacob, said: "It was hard work, but nice to finish in our home town."
Clare Cotton, who finished the race with friend Stalo Ipsou, added: "Windsor has great cycling tracks. The route was really nice with great scenery."
This article appeared in Royal Borough Observer 03 Sep 12