Organisers of Ibbo’s Cake Quest bike ride are still accepting entries for their annual fund raising event around the lanes of Surrey and Sussex on October 12.

Four rides from 15 kilometres to 150 kilometres will be marked out for anyone wishing take part, and all of them will pass one, two or more of the finest tea shops in the south east that were favourites of Ibbotson’s.

The Fairy cake ride covers 15kms predominantly off road. Aimed at families with young children, this ride will be guided from Tadworth to Fanny’s Farm Shop in Markedge lane.

If you want to tackle more kilometres you can go for the Jaffa, Carrot or Fruit cake ride that cover 60, 110 and 150kms respectively. All the rides start from Walton-on-the-Hill community centre in Breech lane, Tadworth, with riders free to start at any time between eight and 10 am. The emphasis of the day’s riding is the fun and friendly atmosphere that riders enjoyed in 2007.

To download an entry form, go to www.johnibbotsonfund.com.

The fund was set up in 2005 following the death of the former professional rider and raises money to assist young riders from the south east in furthering their cycling careers. This year Tom Copeland and Matt Green were funded, with Copeland spending a season in France riding for VC St Quimper, while Matt Green rode for Cyclingnews Jako in Belgium.

The fund is now inviting riders who want to apply for funding in 2009 to send in their CVs and a covering letter saying why they believe they would be the best candidate. Riders need to be under 25 years of age and be from the south east of England. Applications should be sent to: The John Ibbotson Fund, 2 Mere Cottages, Witheybed Corner, Walton-on-the-Hill, Surrey. KT20 7UH.

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