Cyclists are being urged to saddle up for a ride through the glorious Staffordshire countryside next month in aid of St Giles Hospice.

Riders aged 16 and over can get on their bikes for a moderate 27-mile, intermediate 40-mile or a challenging 75-mile route through our villages and country lanes, with all routes starting and ending at the Whittington hospice.

The event will be taking place on Sunday, 2nd September, with registration opening at 8am and staggered starts taking place from 9am.

Zoe Westwood, Events Coordinator at St Giles Hospice, said: “Cycle St Giles is always a really popular event and last year we saw 620 cyclists heading out onto the roads for us – raising more than £40,000 for the hospice in the process.

“It’s lovely to see so many enthusiastic riders and the atmosphere on the day when all the cyclists are gathered at the hospice before heading out onto the roads is incredible.

“So we’d invite everyone to come along – not only will our ride be one to remember, you’ll be part of something amazing as you help us raise vital funds to provide care for people in your local community.”

Entry costs £35 per person, which includes a breakfast bap and hot drink to fuel your ride, as well as a celebratory BBQ waiting for you at the finish.

All routes start and end at St Giles Hospice, Whittington.

The 27-mile route will pass through Walton on Trent, Rosliston, Netherseal, Clifton Campville, Haunton and Harlaston.

The intermediate 40-mile route passes through Walton on Trent, Netherseal, Chilcote Austrey, No Man’s Heath, Orton on the Hill, Shuttington, Clifton Campville, Haunton and Harlaston.

The challenging 75-mile ride passes through Barton under Needwood, Dunstall, Newborough, Marchington Cliff, Abbots Bromley, Little Haywood, picturesque Cannock Chase, Upper Longdon, Hamstall Ridware, Kings Bromley and Fradley Junction.

Cyclists will be able to download the full GPX file nearer to the event date and can sign up for the event by filling in the online form on the Cycle St Giles page in the events section of www.stgileshospice.com