Former Olympic and world champion cyclist Chris Boardman is set to attend this weekend's VCR Spring Sportive in Colchester, Essex.

The Spring Sportive is organised by Velo Club Revolution of Colchester and will take place on Saturday 18 May.

The event is a fundraiser for Re-Cycle, a charity that sends donated bikes to Africa to help improve access to transport for locals in rural areas.

Two routes are on offer, 64 miles or 42 miles, with event HQ at Re-Cycle's Warehouse in Wormingford, near Colchester.

Chris will be on hand to welcome the cyclists at the finishing line.

Chris Boardman will greet riders at the VCR Spring Sportive in Colchester.
Chris Boardman will greet riders at the VCR Spring Sportive in Colchester.

"The Spring Sportive is one of our favourite fundraising events of the year," Charlotte Ward, director of Re-Cycle, told the Colchester Gazette.

"It's great to see so many cyclists of all abilities getting on their bikes to enjoy the great outdoors, boost their fitness levels and help raise vital funds for our charity.

"A huge thanks to Velo Club Revolution who ensure the routes are well designed and safe.

"Plus, this year we are delighted to welcome our patron Chris Boardman who we know will be a great inspiration to riders as well as to Re-Cycle's many volunteers and supporters."

Chris Boardman enjoyed a glittering career between 1989 to 2000, winning the inaugural Men's World Time Trial Championship in 1994 and gold on the track at the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona.

He has also held cycling's world hour record three times and, as a road cyclist, wore the yellow jersey at the Tour de France on three occasions before becoming Re-Cycle's patron in 2015.

Nick Epsom, chair of Velo Club Revolution, said: "We're looking forward to welcoming cyclists from across Essex and Suffolk, whatever their levels of cycling fitness or confidence."

For more details and to enter, visit the event website at