Cyclists to hit charity trail in Topsham

PUBLISHED: 12:30 23 June 2016

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An annual charity cycle ride is returning to Topsham this weekend.

The Nello Ride, in aid of FORCE Cancer Charity, starts and finishes from Topsham Rugby Club.

It takes place this Sunday, June 26, and offers cyclists a choice between a 55-mile route and a 100-mile route.

Registration opens at 7.15am, before the 100-mile ride sets off at 8am, followed by the 55-miler at 8.30am.

Sarah Daniels, head of fundraising at FORCE, said: “The Nello is a day when old friends and new come together to take part in an exciting, enduring and enjoyable day out.

“Everybody has their own personal reason for taking part – but they are also all there to support FORCE and raise funds to support people affected by cancer in our area.

“It is a joy to be part of such a wonderful spectacle and to see the delight on the cyclists’ faces as they come across the finish line having succeeded in their challenge.

“A great many people support our ride and offer food, water, music and time – the event quite simply could not take place without their generous support, in particular Bike Shed, which supports so many riders on the route and ensures no one gets lost, and Exeter Physio, which sorts out all the aches and pains on the finish line!”

The Nello is held in memory of Nello Ghezzo, a Topsham restaurateur who died of cancer in 1999.

He and friend Marc Millon had previously cycled from Topsham to Venice, Italy, raising money for FORCE.

The routes for Sunday’s event follow roads Nello and Marc used to train for that ride.

Cyclists should sign up in advance at www.forcecancercharity.co.uk/event/the-nello-2016.

The cost of registration is £50.

Cyclists aged between 14 and 16 must be accompanied by a cyclist aged 17 or above.

The limit on entry numbers is 1,500.

The event is a charity ride, not a race, and there is no chip-timing.

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