Hundreds of riders hit the road for the 25th annual Tour de Tendring bike event yesterday (Sunday, May 13).
The cyclists saddled up despite the gloomy skies to embark on a six-mile, 20-mile or 60-mile ride around the District.
As usual there was a mix of cyclists, from keen amateurs on racing machines to families riding together, and even a few in fancy dress, with many taking part to raise funds for good causes.
The ride is run by Bike Events in partnership with Tendring District Council (TDC).
Food and drink stalls and a bouncy castle provided entertainment at the start/finish line at Dovercourt Bay Lifestyles (DBL) leisure centre in Low Road.
Both DBL and Harwich Sports Centre also held open days to coincide with the event, hosting a number of free activities.
In total around 500 riders took part in the Tour de Tendring.
Mick Skeels, TDC Cabinet Member for Leisure and Tourism, said there was a great atmosphere at the ride.
“While the grey skies may have put some people off, there was still a delightful buzz at the start line as people embarked on their ride,” he said.
“We have such a beautiful District in Tendring, and what better way to enjoy it than on two wheels? The Tour de Tendring is a great opportunity to get some fresh air, get some exercise, and indulge in some scenery.
“The open days at the leisure centres also proved popular, and I hope those who tried out activities come back again to take part in more fun and frolics in the future.”