The fundraiser had been scheduled to take place Sunday, June 28th before falling victim to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic – but entrants were able to support the event, and their chosen charities, by taking part in its replacement fundraising challenge.

While observing all Government guidance on exercise and social distancing, entrants were encouraged to cycle a minimum distance of 30 miles, nominating three people on social media to do the same (using #BreakTheCycle2020) and donating £5 by clicking here.

All funds raised by this year’s event will go to the Bristol Bears Community Foundation, whose life-changing work impacts thousands of people across the region.

The uptake has been sensational, with friends of the charity, Nascence partners and supporters clubbing in to raise vital funds. The campaign was even backed by the Bristol Bears squad and management, as players completed 12km relays on a WattBike to do their bit for the Community Foundation.

The Community Foundation’s Community Development Manager, Craig Capel, said: “I’m elated by the level of engagement and funds raised this year by all associated with Break the Cycle 2020.

“Break the Cycle has developed and grown every year with the increasing reputation and popularity of the event clearly striking a chord with those that have taken part in previous years and/or are committed to supporting the powerful work of our Bristol Bears Community Foundation colleagues. 

“Due to the impact of Covid-19, the financial climate we find ourselves in is pretty grim and will no doubt continue to affect our ability to deliver life changing community programmes during a time our communities need it the most.

“The funds raised through this year’s virtual and digital campaign will solve some immediate financial challenges as well as maintain our capacity to work with some of the most disadvantaged people in our region throughout the year.

“Huge thanks to all of the riders, sponsors, fundraisers and their families, and the Bristol Bears players and staff, as well as everyone who has worked remotely behind the scenes to get an event over the line that in March, I didn’t expect to run in any form due to the pandemic.”