Cycling buddies Gillian Lawrence and Vicky Brayne have won free entry to the Hope House Cycle Challenge.

The pair, both retired, landed their victory via a Facebook competition, and will join more than 100 riders to journey 56 miles from the Hope House children's hospice near Oswestry to Lake Vyrnwy on August 11.

While Ms Lawrence, from Whittington, has participated in this cycle before, Ms Brayne will be a first-timer at this event, having volunteered previously.

Both look forward to the beautiful views, friendly environment, and the challenging uphill climbs the challenge presents.

They are also excited about the different pit stops along the route, as they love to enjoy tea and cake during their usual 30-mile bike rides.

Their favourite spots for these treats are the Brook House Farm's Potting Shed near Shrewsbury, and the Kitchen at the Castle at Whittington Castle.

Gillian Lawrence and Vicky Brayne won free entry   (Image: Hope House)

Ms Brayne has said: "I’m a bit apprehensive about a longer bike ride.

"It’s a bit up and down, though around Lake Vyrnwy itself its quite flat. Blodwel Bank is a bit of a killer.

"Though, I know from volunteering what a lovely atmosphere the Cycle Challenge has.

"It’s not a race, so if we end up walking a bit up the hill towards the end then that’s ok.

"We’ll support each other and there are lots of nice stops and food and drink along the way."

Bekki Fardoe, a fundraiser for Hope House, said: "Well done to Gillian for entering our competition to say where your favourite place to cycle is, and who your best biking buddy would be."