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Suffolk Libraries seeks a cycle team for the Skyline bike ride

Suffolk Libraries is offering a fantastic opportunity for any keen cyclists across the county to tackle this year’s Skyline London to Brighton Cycle Ride.

Suffolk Libraries, the charity which runs the county’s library service, has secured 15 spaces for the epic 55-mile ride on Sunday 11 September. It’s a great opportunity for cyclists or cycling clubs and a way of raising money to support the work of Suffolk Libraries in the community.

Places on the cycle ride are highly sought after with a comprehensive package for riders including pre-race support, mechanical help on the day, free water stops/lunch/hospitality and a medal at the finish line. 

The usual cost for entry is £55, however, Suffolk Libraries is offering places to riders for free as long as each rider completes the course and pledges to try and achieve a fundraising target of £250. Riders are of course encouraged to aim as high as they can, but it’s appreciated that they may achieve slightly less.

Riders will be asked to show their commitment by initially covering a £25 registration fee which will be refunded after the race.

Julie Long, Suffolk Libraries Fundraising Manager, said:

“As a charity, fundraising is increasingly important to Suffolk Libraries. We offer so much more than the traditional perception of libraries. People from all age groups and all walks of life regularly access our services and activities, such as our free pre-school classes and our social groups for the older generation. We have a huge impact in the community, tackling issues such as social isolation, mental health, period poverty and helping people find employment and claim benefits. 

“Like all charities, the pandemic has significantly impacted our fundraising at a time when our services have become even more vital. This cycle ride is a great opportunity for people to get outside in the fresh air, to take on a personal challenge, feel part of a team, and to help us raise money and make lots of noise about the great work we do.”

Anyone interested can contact fundraising@suffolklibraries.co.uk. Suffolk Libraries welcomes individuals or groups of people who’d be interested in entering.