A SPORTING event in its 14th year made a 'triumphant' return under the sizzling sun on the weekend.

The Tour De Staveley returned on Saturday under blue skies and blazing July sun following a two-year break due to the pandemic.

It offered two classic Lakeland routes to choose from, the full Tour De Staveley at 48.5 miles and Le Petit Tour at 28 miles, providing the perfect distance to suit all abilities of rider.

The event started at Wheelbase and the routes took in fabulous Lake District scenery and famous climbs before finishing with the option of a French-themed two-course dinner, with a Vegan option served up by Wilf’s Cafe.

A spokesperson for the Tour De Stavely said: "A huge thank you to everyone who attended and helped make the Tour De Staveley such an enjoyable day of cycling and socialising; thank you to our logistical partners Kendal Cycling Club for assisting in the smooth running of the event.

"All proceeds from the event will be donated to the Wheels for All charity; the Wheels for All initiative is a nationally recognised program that embraces all children and adults with disabilities and differing needs, to engage in a quality cycling activity.

"By using specially adapted cycles, the activities are both physically and mentally stimulating and above all fun for everyone involved."