CYCLISTS embarked on a 160-mile journey from Chichester to Chartres, France, in aid of Canine Partners on Friday.
The Chichester Harbour Rotary Club ran its annual cycle ride to the city’s twin town, with 28 cyclists taking part.
Neville Lacey, 61, from Oving Road, was one of the founders of the annual challenge and was cycling for the seventh time with his son Tom.
“We were looking for fundraising ideas that would be fun, challenging and had the potential to raise quite a lot of money,” he said. “We had the idea of cycling to our twin city and it has proved really successful.
“It is really difficult, the first 60 miles is tough for old chaps like us, but for the young guys it is just a blast.”
Michael Bevis, 64, another cyclist who took part in the ride, said: “It’s a challenge and a great way of raising money for charity. We have raised thousands of pounds over the years for various charities and this year it is Canine Partners.”
The oldest cyclist taking part was 79-year-old Eric Clark and the youngest is just a teenager.
The group set off from The Assembly Rooms on Friday morning, with lots of rotary members and two Canine Partner users and dogs cheering the cyclists on as they left the city.
The group reached Chartres on Sunday afternoon.
Deputy mayor of Chichester, David Siggs, said: “To me, it is a fantastic event which links Chartres and Chichester together in the most gratifying way.”