cyclingPeople who took part in the Isle of Wight Cycling Festival have raised thousands of pounds for good causes during the 2013 event.

The event, which is organised by the Isle of Wight Council and attracts thousands of participants, last year raised over £34,000 which will be split between fourteen organisations.

Among those to benefit are Help for Heroes, the Earl Mountbatten Hospice, the British Heart Foundation, the Woodland Trust and Wessex Heartbeat.

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Other beneficiaries include the Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust, the Ventnor and District Local History Society and Sail 4 Cancer.

The vast majority of the money was raised at three separate events during the 2013 cycling festival. During Cycle the Wight, £9,500 was raised, over £1000 was collected during the West Wight Triathlon, while a huge £18,000 was donated as part of the Wightlink Wight Challenge.

Councillor Shirley Smart is the council’s cabinet member responsible for tourism and said:

“The Isle of Wight Cycling Festival continues to grow in popularity and it’s great that so much money has been raised for so many good causes.”

The 2014 Isle of Wight Cycling Festival takes place between 13th-28th September, and the council is keen to hear from anyone who may be interested in suggesting a ride and also becoming a ride leader.

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They can do this by calling the Events Team on (01983) 821000 or by emailing [email protected].

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