The check-list for men taking part in the Cycle 4 Cynthia next month will be bike, jersery, shorts, shoes and sideburns.
Male cyclists taking part in the fundraising bike ride are being urged to start growing their sideburns now in honour of Bradley Wiggins, whose impressive mutton chops have seen him take Britain’s first victory in the Tour de France and win his fourth Olympic gold.
Organisers of the event, which has raised almost £200,000 for the Friends of Cynthia Spencer Hospice and Macmillan Cancer Support in the county since it began eight years ago, felt it would add an extra note of humour to what is already a great day out and are keen to point out that its fair share of female riders shouldn’t feel left out.
Sue Bownass of the Friends said: “Apparently sporting sideburns has become really popular since Bradley took the yellow jersey in Paris,’ and we thought it would be a bit of fun, as well as make for quite a spectacle, to encourage the fellas to copy him!
“With the event taking place on September 23 there should be ample time for the men to work on their whiskers while the women can simply cheat - by getting stick-ons!” she added.
Cycle 4 Cynthia is taking place at Althorp on Sunday, September 23, with riders again being able to choose from 5, 25 or 50 mile routes which will all start and finish in front of the main house.
Entry, which this year includes a family fun day, is £15 for adults, £7.50 for children and £30 for families (rising by £5 after 9th September) and participants are then encouraged to raise as much money as possible in sponsorship.
Entry and sponsorship forms are available by visiting www.cycle4cynthia.co.uk