Cyclists will be getting on their bikes this summer to raise funds to care for people in Somerset – and there is plenty of time to get involved.

Entries are now open for the Great Somerset Cycle, which will see riders pedalling between St. Margaret’s Hospice’s In-patient Units in Taunton and Yeovil on Sunday 5 August.

The charity, which supported more than 3,800 people in Somerset affected by life-limiting illnesses last year, is organising the event for the second time.

Cyclists can choose between a 38-mile ride from hospice to hospice, or a 76-mile round trip. They will set off from both Yeovil and Taunton at 9am.

More than 200 cyclists took part last year. Among them was Bridget Batchelor, who said: “It was a fantastic event from start to finish – from the buzz and excitement at the start, to the camaraderie and encouragement of fellow cyclists en route, to the exhilaration, exhaustion and sense of achievement crossing the finishing line.

“The support was incredible. I was unlucky enough to suffer two punctures, but a volunteer motorcyclist arranged for the mechanic team to come to the rescue and get us back on the road. All the volunteers were amazing; the tea, biscuits and smiling faces at the Yeovil hospice were just what we needed to help me turn around and face the return journey.

“Being a commuter cyclist, I knew that cycling 76 miles would push me way out of my comfort zone, and it’s safe to say that it did. I’m looking forward to signing up again for this year’s event.”

The Great Somerset Cycle is proudly sponsored by Clarke Willmott solicitors and the Bicycle Chain. Participants are encouraged to raise sponsorship for St. Margaret’s Hospice, which needs to raise over £9.5m a year to fund its end of life care services for people across Somerset.

Sonia Bateman, events fundraiser at St. Margaret’s Hospice, said: “The Great Somerset Cycle is a fantastic opportunity to enjoy our beautiful countryside in summer as part of an organised ride. Riders will have the added satisfaction of raising money to help us care for people in Somerset affected by life-limiting illnesses.

“There’s plenty of time to get in training and start collecting sponsorship money. People often tell us that signing up for one of our challenges provides the motivation they need to achieve their fitness goals. With summer just around the corner, it’s the perfect time to get out on your bike.”

For more information or to book your place, visit www.st-margarets-hospice.org.uk/Event/the-great-somerset-cycle2018 or call 0845 345 9671.