New 100k route available at annual cycling festival in Sheffield

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A new 100k cycling race is to be held this year as part of the annual RideforEric event in memory of a Sheffield cyclist killed by a drunk driver.

The race will be available along with a family-friendly 5K route, a 15K route for regular cyclists and a 50K challenge for more experienced cyclists.

All routes start and finish at Abbeydale Sports Club, where there will be food and entertainment provided on Sunday, July 10.

RideforEric was set up after 55-year-old Eric Codling, from Millhouses, died after he was struck by a drunk driver on Whirlowdale Road, Whirlow, in 2013.

The dad-of-two was on a Sunday morning ride when he was hit by a car.

His killer, Emma Egan, then aged 26, was jailed for four years after being found guilty of causing death by dangerous driving.

Nearly 400 people took part in each of the first two RideforEric events, raising £10,000 to set up a traumatic bereavement counselling service at Cavendish Cancer Care in Broomhall, Sheffield and a further £10,000 which was split between maintaining the bereavement service and the RideforEric Trust, which has helped fund cycling projects.

Karen Codling, who set up RideforEric in memory of her husband, said: “The last two and a half years have been a roller coaster ride. I am still amazed by the support that we attract at RideforEric. The event is growing and is very popular with all types of cyclists from novice to sportive riders.

“The fact that we have been able to offer funding for two fantastic projects is the icing on the cake.

“After losing Eric it was hard to see a positive future, the last two years have shown me that anything is possible, I have made some great new friends and become involved with a terrific cycling community.”

To find out more about entering or volunteering on the day visit www.rideforeric.com