AN ANNUAL charity cycling event is back for another year and will be taking place next month.

Hope House Children's Hospices Cycle Challenge, sponsored by Recycling UK Ltd will be taking place on Sunday, August 11, starting at 8am at the charity's base in Morda and finishing at 4pm at the same place.

Cyclists can choose one of two routes, a 56-mile route to Lake Vyrnwy or a 70-mile route to Lake Bala which returns via Bwlch y Groes – one of the highest public road mountain passes in Wales with a summit altitude of 545 metres.

Lynsey Kilvert, fundraiser for Hope House, said: "Our Cycle Challenge is such a popular event, we see many cyclists returning year-on-year to take part.

"Both routes will challenge our cyclists and will really test them. The children and families that we support face difficult challenges every day."

Refreshments will be provided for cyclists at a halfway point, with an extra water station on the longer 70-mile route and there will also be home-made cakes and savoury snacks upon return to Hope House.

On-course support will be provided by Trek Shrewsbury, MedAid and the Hope House safety vans.

Entry is £25 if paid in advance or £35 on the day and every cyclist is urged to raise sponsorship for the charity to continue its support of seriously ill children and their families.

The charity's branded cycling jerseys can be purchased for £40 on Hope House's website or by calling the fundraising office on 01691 671671.

A link to both routes can be found at