Real pedal power for the Argus Appeal

Some of the appeal cyclists

Some of the appeal cyclists

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A charity cycle challenge across Belgium continues apace in aid of The Argus Appeal.

A team of 60 intrepid cyclists and ten support staff set off from Brighton at 7am on Wednesday to embark on the five-day expedition.

The near 145-mile ride coincides with the first anniversary of the First World War.

After day one ended in Ypres to watch the Last Post at the Menin Gate, the cohort continued the Great War theme yesterday with a visit to the Passchendaele and Tyne Cot memorials.

One rider, Susie de Las Casas, 62, said: “We went to the museum at Passchendaele and into the trenches.

“It was moving and a bit claustrophobic.” Susie was with the riders at the Menin Gate on Wednesday night.

Ypres has held a memorial service there every night since the end of the First World War.

She said: “It is mind-blowing that that sort of thing goes on and people just stand there every night.”

On the trip in general, she is upbeat: “It is absolutely amazing. The weather is fantastic and everything has gone smoothly.”

Day two of the ride ended in Bruges and today sees the team cycle 31 miles to Ghent.

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