CYCLISTS were out in force at the weekend as the Devizes Town Cycling Club hosted its first Moonraker Sportive.

Three routes were open to cyclists of all classes, from a 30 mile children’s race to the Monster Moonraker 100 mile challenge.

The race raised funds for Fire Fighters charity and Wiltshire Air Ambulance raising £1500 for the good causes.

The fire service regularly provide welcome pit stops at stations to cyclists during club events.

Club spokesman Tim Pigott, of Brickley Lane, said: “It is quite nerve wracking holding a new event and we had no idea how many people would turn up but we had a great turn out. One of the things riders liked was that we were doing it for charity.We had riders aged from six to 71 taking part on Sunday.

“One of the things that makes Wiltshire attractive to cyclists is the relative remoteness, but this is then always in the back of your mind. It is a great to know the county has an air ambulance should we ever need it, and we have in the past.”