With four different routes catering for all ages, the 20th Fleet 20 cycle ride attracted record numbers
A record number of cyclists took to the streets of north Hampshire in the name of charity.
Now in its 20th year, the Fleet 20 family cycle ride attracted 362 riders.
This year all the routes were changed to make use of the new cycle path linking Fleet town centre to Hitches Lane.
Starting at The Point youth building, all the riders headed off in a convoy.
At the end of Hitches Lane the 10-mile family riders headed into Crookham Village while the 20, 30 and 40-milers headed to Crondall via Zebon Copse and up towards Well.
The 30 and 40-mile routes then headed off towards Bentley and Lasham before meeting the 20-mile riders in Odiham and then the 10-mile riders in Winchfield.
They all then came back through Elvetham Heath, over the railway bridge and back to the start.
Fleet trader Kevin Whibley, who has been handling publicity for the event for the past three years, redesigned the course this year and rode it in tandem with his sons, Dominic, nine, and seven-year-old Oliver.
"With young children of my own doing the rides, I wanted to make the route as child-friendly as possible," he said.
"We tested the routes out ourselves before the day and I was as happy as I could be that they would be suitable for all ages.”
The youngest rider on the 10-mile route was Hannah Griffiths from Fleet, who had only been off stabilisers for two weeks.
After the ride, her mother Jenny was exhausted.
"It was the stress of trying to control an ultra-competitive four-year-old on two wheels who wants to finish first no matter what," she added.
Jamie Barton, six, from Fleet managed to complete the 20-mile route.
“He was like a massive ball of energy, keeping up with all around him and positively flying up the hills, not to mention down them," said his mother Lisa.
Mr Whibley thanked the team from Pedal Heaven bike shop in Fleet who promoted the event to customers and were on hand during the day to help with any bike issues.
“We go riding whenever possible with friends for fun and to keep fit but it is increasingly difficult fitting this in with family time,” said Mr Whibley.
"However, this is a ride we can all do together.
"It encourages families to get out and get fit and it hopefully shows that they can do a sport together and all gain from the experience, and that to me is the most valuable thing we can take away from days like this."
Gordon Edmonds and his wife Glennis have managed the event for many years, but this was their last year taking on the administration role, which has now been taken over by Mr Whibley.
Mr Edmonds said: "We are so happy to be passing this over with such high numbers of riders taking part.”
The event was raising money for the Speakability charity, which helps more than 250,000 people in the UK who have problems with speaking, reading, writing or understanding language due to damage to the language centres of the brain.
The total amount raised has yet to be announced.