By Laura Hughes

Published: Liverpool Life newspaper 14/03/17

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The Liverpool Nightrider event is cycling back into the city this summer.

The challenge will see hundreds ride across Liverpool and Wirral through the night in aid of different charities.

The circular route will take place July 15 and 16 and is made up of 50km loops all while taking in the cities best landmark attractions such as, Penny Lane, Albert Dock and the Cavern Club.

The event was first set up in London in 2010 with the aim of doing something a bit different to the ordinary bike ride.

Classic Tours senior manager, Gina Thomas, told Liverpool Life: “We wanted to do something a little bit unique hence the doing it at night, this adds a whole different dimension to the challenge, having to stay awake all night. It also means you see city sights in a totally different way and the roads are a lot quieter too which also helps.”

Ms Thomas explains why the event is suitable for the city: “Liverpool works so well because we do half of it over at the Wirral and half of it actually in Liverpool so that gives us big distances to play with, different scenery’s to see and different areas to explore. With the Wirral section they’ve really got a chance to push themselves and do some nice riding.

“Last year we were very lucky and had amazing weather so the views back over to Liverpool were stunning. We had such great feedback last year, we had a few people who did all three routes across the country and actually said that Liverpool was their favourite.”

Many local charities will benefit from the event including Alder Hey Children’s Charity, Claire House Children’s Charity, as well as national organisations like Marie Curie and the MS Society. Almost £130,000 was raised in Liverpool Nightrider 2016 and this year the target is even higher at £200,000.

Gina added: “Everyone who is taking part is raising funds for charity the whole ethos of the event is that it is a charity ride, it’s not timed and it’s not a race, it’s a challenge. It’s about having fun and getting together with friends and family, doing something positive.”

Steven Evans MBE, from Runcorn, is taking part in the challenge and raising funds for Macmillan.

He told Liverpool Life: “I saw it on Facebook and thought that will be a nice little ride, so then when I found out it was for charity I thought even better. My dad died of bowel cancer when he was 62 so there’s a certain symmetry there with the fact that I’ll be doing the ride when I’m 62.”

Mr Evans, added: “I’m a member of Liverpool Century Cycle Club so I’m a cyclist anyway but I’ve been off my bike for just over a month now because I had to have a vein operation. I will be training for the ride just to get back fit again.”