A SPORTIVE celebrated its most successful year with a record number of 905 cyclists entering the event.

The Saddleback Sodbury Sportive, organized by the Rotary Club of Chipping Sodbury, had its third outing on August 17.

Since its inception three years ago the Sportive has become one of the most popular of its kind in the South West.

Organiser Bill Bennett said: “Having attracted 378 riders in our first Sportive we are absolutely delighted that the event has exceeded our expectations and grown so quickly.

“Most importantly it has raised significant sums for charitable causes.”

Feedback shows that the Sportive is highly regarded by experienced and club riders alike, with many commenting on the professional organisation and the great routes.

Over the period that the Sportive has been running, the Rotary Club has donated over £25,000 to local community groups and individuals in the Chipping Sodbury area and a further £13,000 to local schools.

Over £5,000 has been sent across the world to assist the victims of natural disasters. The Club also helps fund Rotary’s own Global Foundation Charity which is committed to improving health, education and promoting peace.

Bill Bennet continued: “On behalf of the Rotary Club of Chipping Sodbury I would like to offer my congratulations to everyone that took part and to say thank you to everyone involved with the organization, and of course to our main sponsor Saddleback’

Over 100 people were involved with the organization of the event, which is likely to raise a record sum for charitable causes.

For more information visit www.sodburysportive.co.uk