Cambridgeshire

Tour of Cambridgeshire marks UK's first Gran Fondo cycle ride

Tour of Cambridgeshire at Woodwalton
Image caption The Tour of Cambridgeshire took in places including Woodwalton, Yaxley and Whittlesey

A cycle race billed by organisers as the UK's first ever Gran Fondo, or mass participation ride, has taken place.

Just under 5,000 people cycled a 128km (79 mile) through Cambridgeshire on Sunday.

The race started in Peterborough and catered for amateurs of all abilities on closed roads.

Dubbed the 'Tour of Cambridgeshire', the route took in towns and villages across the county, including Alconbury and Whittlesey.

Andrew Williams from club Cwmcarn Paragon won it for the men, with Cambridge's Laura Massey crowned the fastest woman.

Image caption Andrew Williams and Laura Massey both achieved times of just over three hours and 10 minutes

The Gran Fondo mass participation race, which is more common in Europe, marked the end of a weekend of cycling, with a 28km (17.4 mile) closed-road time trial taking place along the route on Saturday.

Organisers said it had been successful and hoped the Gran Fondo would return in the future.

Last summer, the county hosted the Tour de France's final English leg, with thousands of people lining the route to watch.

Image caption Thousands of cyclists set off and finished at the Peterborough Showground

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