CYCLISTS braved miserable weather on Sunday for a good cause at the first Teddies 2-Wheeler sponsored bike ride.

Starting at St Edward’s School, in Woodstock Road, Oxford, participants tackled a five-mile, 50-mile or 100-mile route.

The longer courses took cyclists around north Oxfordshire before looping back to Oxford through Botley.

Spokeswoman Tracy van der Heiden said: “When we saw the weather on the day, we thought it was going to hurt turnout. But we had 175 signed up in advance and more than 200 competed, so that was great.’’ “Our plan is currently to do it again next year. It was fantastic to see people from the community out taking part.’’ Money raised will go to the St Edward’s bursary fund and the John Masefield House care home in Abingdon.