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Online entry for Mersey Bike Ride

People wanting to take part in the largest bike ride in Merseyside later this summer can enter on-line.

The Liverpool Chester Liverpool Bike Ride takes place on Sunday, 6th July 2008 and organisers Pennine Events Limited are hoping to attract over 2,500 cyclists.

The event, now in its 15th year, attracts cyclists of all abilities and gives them a chance to ride through the Queensway Tunnel – without any other traffic!

The Kingsway Tunnel will remain open to traffic throughout.

Cyclists can chose one of three rides:

a full round trip from Liverpool to Chester and back to Liverpool (54 miles)
Liverpool to Chester only (30 miles)
Liverpool to Thornton and back to Liverpool (25 miles)

Cyclists can enter on-line at www.pennineevents.co.uk – subject to a £1 online credit card charge.

They must be at least ten years old. Entry to the ride is £15 per individual or £56 per team of four. Entry fee includes a tee shirt.

Mark Sandamas, Director of organisers Pennine Events, said: “We have already had a good stream of entries to the event. We want to encourage families, in particular, to enter any of the three rides. As we have found with other bike events we have organised elsewhere in the country, families really enjoy the rides.

“The Liverpool to Chester Bike Ride is the largest bike ride in Merseyside and provides an opportunity for cyclists of all abilities to enjoy a day’s cycling through beautiful countryside, as well as making some new friends and raising some money for charity.”

Dr. Paula Grey, Joint Director of Public Health, said: “The health benefits of cycling are well documented so I would like to encourage people of all ages to participate in the Liverpool to Chester Bike Ride.”

Councillor Ken McGlashan of sponsors Merseytravel, added: “I hope as many people as possible take part and enjoy the rare opportunity of riding through Queensway Tunnel without any traffic.”

For further information about the ride, please visit the website www.pennineevents.co.uk, ring Pennine Events on 01695 682020 or emailalison@pennineevents.co.uk.

Closing date for entry is 27th June 2008.

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