Hundreds of enthusiastic cyclists took on the Cycle Autumn challenge last weekend to raise vital funds for St Giles Hospice.

The event, which took place on Sunday 11th September, offered four different lengths of cycle rides with the ultra-route being over 100 miles.

Many of the Cycle Autumn participants cycled in memory of loved ones and as such, St Giles Hospice proceeded to go ahead with the event despite the sad news regarding Her Majesty Elizabeth II.

During her historic reign, Her Majesty Elizabeth II showed unwavering support and commitment to countless causes. As Patron to more than 600 charities, Her Majesty was truly passionate about the nation’s charitable spirit.

As a mark of respect prior to the cyclists embarking on their route, everyone observed a two minute silence to pause and reflect on the Queen’s faithful service. Black ribbons were also available for those who wished to wear them on their cycle ride in honour of Her Majesty.

After the two minute silence, the 310 cyclists set off on their undulating rides and enjoyed a selection of picturesque routes.

Zoe Wright, Events Manager at St Giles Hospice, said: “It was great to see so many people pedalling to raise money for St Giles at Cycle Autumn this year. Our youngest participant in the race was just 10 years-old and cycled a tremendous 27 mile route.”

“As usual, we couldn’t have done it without the help of our super supporters; Freedom Cycles, Bike BOT, Rugeley Bicycle Repair, South Staffs water, USN and Fyffes.”

Cycle Autumn has so far raised over £20,000, with sponsorship and donations still continuing to be sent in. If you weren’t able to make it to Cycle Autumn this year then don’t forget to sign up for Cycle Spring, which will be taking place on Sunday 7th May 2023.

For further information about next year’s Cycle Spring event, visit www.stgileshospice.com/cyclespring, email fundraising@stgileshospice.com or call the fundraising office on 01543 432538.