Chorleywood cyclists were joined by sports star Chris Hoy for a charity bike ride with the help of technology.

The Raid Alpine cycle challenge created by the The Cure Parkinson's Trust, which takes place in the Alps was cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Despite this, cyclists said they were still determined to complete the bike ride including the trust's CEO Will Cook, from Chorleywood and a team of more than 100 cyclists who set off independently from various locations around the UK.

Will decided along with other cyclists from Chorleywood and surrounding areas, to cycle up and down Whiteleaf Hill in the Chilterns at least 26 times

While others cycled around their own neighbourhoods, the trust said more than 1000 people used the indoor cycling app, Zwift, including Olympic and World Champion cyclist Sir Chris Hoy.

A full list of sports professionals who signed up for the challenge include, Mike Tindall , Ex-English rugby international Austin Healey, Ex-Welsh rugby international Shane Williams MBE, Rugby World Cup winner Iain Balshaw MBE, Olympic skeleton racing Gold Medallist 2010 Amy Williams MBE, professional golfer and seven-time Ryder Cup winner Lee Westwood OBE.

TV and radio broadcaster Kirsty Gallacher also took part.

Speaking about the challenge, Will said: "I had been training for moths for the challenge when it was cancelled.

"But 'Raid Local' turned out to be an even tougher challenge.

"It took perhaps ten hours in the saddle which was uncomfortable, socially and physically, but I was determined to go the distance.

"We are grateful to any and all riders and supporters who joined us or sponsored us, with so many of our events have been cancelled, so new and creative ways to generate funds are crucial for our vital work to continue."

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