Builth residents turned out in force to help the organisers of this year’s Bike Bash exceed their cycle target last weekend.

The original target of 836.5 miles, the total distance of the men’s cycle Tour of Britain, was broken in swift time - with the final figure coming in at an incredible 1525 miles.

More than 160 people came down to the Groe on Saturday to take part during the day, while another 100 or so came along in support or just to spectate.

All manner of pedal-powered transport could be seen circuiting the Groe, including pedal bikes, balance bikes, scooters, pushchairs and even a full-sized penny-farthing. Some parents opted to run around with their cycling children.

The date had been changed out of respect for the late Queen, so the organisers were a bit concerned that the turnout would be down - although this wasn’t the case at all and their worries were quickly unfounded.

Builth Bike Bash
A penny-farthing was one of the more novel bicycles on display (Bike Bash)

Bonna Williams, one of the organisers, said: “The Bike Bash seems to have become a firm favourite in the events calendar, with even the youngest children determined to ride more laps than last year.

“It always amazes us how far these kids can ride in a day - they just keep going round and round!”

People of all ages from 1 - 60+ took part and the keenest rider managed 42 laps.

The committee sold refreshments all day and held a raffle, while a team from Credu Connecting Carers also attended and ran a very popular tombola.

Builth Bike Bash committee would like to thank everyone for coming, and especially the willing volunteers, without whom, the event couldn’t take place.