What a day of Miles & Smiles!

On a beautiful Sunday morning, the Kent countryside showed off its autumn colours as over 100 cyclists whizzed around the lanes of West Kent.

Accompanied by Viscount de L’Isle, Lord Lieutenant of Kent; the Patron of Kent Foundation, Viscountess de L’Isle mingled with the cyclists as they gathered at Penshurst Place. As the bells tolled eight, Lady de L’Isle waved a flag to start the sportif on its way.

It was a charity bike ride with a difference – cyclists entered into the spirit with medieval fancy dress – “Sir Robert” on his loyal stead, “The Red Barron” and Knights of the Realm. Experienced cyclist and KM Business Editor, Trevor Sturgess, also joined in the fun and took part in the Miles & Smiles Bike Ride.

Director of Kent Foundation, Paul “The Red Barron”, said “There was a brilliant atmosphere. Everyone enjoyed themselves and there was great feedback about the route. It was great to see a very enterprising spirit shown by the historic and ancient sites of Kent in supporting the next generation of Kent entrepreneurs. I wonder what the old medieval architects and builders of 300 years ago would think about today’s enterprising ideas?”

Penshurst Place, Ightham Mote, Hever Castle, Knole Park and Chiddingstone Castle welcomed the cyclists as they headed off along a looped ride of 40 miles

The ride was organised by, and raised funds for, Kent Foundation a local charity, which offers fully funded support to Kent’s young people to build their own businesses. £3,700 was raised from sponsorship and the cyclists, which will go towards helping young people start up in business.

This was the inaugural West Kent Heritage Bike Ride, supported by British Cycling. Building on this year’s success the next Miles & Smiles with Wheels Appeal Bike Ride will be planned for 2013.

Photo: Director of Kent Foundation, “The Red Barron” presenting Trevor Sturgess with a certificate

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