HUNDREDS of people will be taking part in a cycling sportive in memory of two Cockermouth brothers.

The ninth Team Townend Challenge takes place later this month and, over the years, has raised more than £65,000 for RoadPeace, a charity for road crash victims and their families.

The event is organised by friends and family of Christian, 29, and Niggy, 21, Townend who died in a road crash whilst out cycling in 2010.

Riders can choose from two routes: a 22-mile course taking in Whinlatter and Newlands Pass, and a 40-mile course going over Whinlatter, Newlands, Honister and Whinlatter.

A spokesman said: “The aims of the day are to raise money for charity, challenge yourself, enjoy cycling and remember Christian and Niggy.

“The first challenge took place in April 2011 and we have now raised over £65,000 for our chosen charity, RoadPeace.

"Since then it has grown into a popular sportive event, with over 300 riders per year.

“Both routes take in some of the most scenic and spectacular parts of the Lake District, as well as some of its most challenging roads.”

Riders will depart from Loweswater Village Hall between 10am and 11am.

There will be lots of hot drinks and homemade refreshments to refuel with upon return.

A new record was set last year by Zak Walker, of Honister 92, who completed the long course in 1 hour 59 minutes and 31 seconds.

Matthew Atkinson of VC Cumbria was two seconds behind. The previous record was 2.05.

Entries for this year’s event, on Saturday, April 27, are available online at

Only a limited number of places are available on the day.

Entries cost £25 and include a Townend Challenge drinks bottle, tea and cakes.