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Fresh hope for Diss Cyclathon

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The under-threat Diss Cyclathon may yet be saved, the Diss Express has learned.

The future of the event, which has brought Diss national sporting acclaim, has been in doubt since the three main organisers announced they were stepping down.

The event is affiliated to Cycling UK, whose group’s engagement officer Thomas Page said this week there had been “a fair amount” of interest in taking on the event.

In 2018, Diss Cyclathon won a national award.
In 2018, Diss Cyclathon won a national award.

Mostly, interest has come from local businesses looking to keep the event running and a few events companies, explained Mr Page, although no volunteers had come forward so far.

“It’s unlikely the event will fold, but we’re hesitant to hand it over to a commercial events company as this means any money raised is unlikely to go to local causes and charities,” he said.

He was hopeful that an appointment of a new member of staff might mean Cycling UK would be able to be more involved in co-ordinating the cyclathon.

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Thousands of riders have taken part in the fours years the cyclathon has been held, with more than £40,000 raised for good causes.

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