CYCLISTS are urged to get on their bikes to raise money for Cancer Research UK in June.

Newport fundraising cyclists Rob Shipley and Ryan Farley, who will cycle around the world later this year, have organised the event with Newport Social Cycling’s John Wheat.

The ride will start from the Wales National Velodrome pass through Redwick and pass further along the levels.

And Mr Wheat said: “Everyone knows a family who has been touched by cancer, so I am urging people to take part and sign up for this enjoyable ride which is suitable for all the family.”

Local Fundraising Manager at Cancer Research UK, Maria Parker, said: “The South Wales bike ride last took place in 2006 from Tredegar House, but we are hoping that people will sign up for the new one from the Velodrome to Redwick and along the Gwent levels.

“Cancer Research UK, with the help of public support, aims to raise the survival rates for all cancers to three out of four in the next 20 years from two out of four, which is where we are today. This is an ambitious target, and one we can only achieve with the support of the general public as we receive no government funding so taking part in local events such as this family bike ride arranged by supporters is how everyone can really make a difference.”

The ride is suitable for all ages and abilities and marshals will be based around the course and first aid will be on hand. Children accompanied by an adult are welcome.

The ride will start at the Wales Velodrome at 11am on Sunday, June 8 and riders will set from Redwick and return through the Gwent levels.

The ride will cost £3.

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