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Around 2,000 bikers took to the streets of Devon on Sunday for the 20th Plymouth Megaride.

 

After meeting up at Lee Mill Industrial Estate, they set out at 11:30am on a 30-mile route that took them along the A38 up to Marley Head, over the flyover and then back down the A38 towards Plymouth, finishing on Plymouth Hoe.

 

They were cheered along the route by hundreds of spectators who braved the rain to support the riders and enjoy the family entertainment laid on at the Hoe, which included a number of trade and catering stands as well as live music and bouncy castles for the little ones.

 

All those taking part in the charity motorcycle ride were asked to donate £3.

 

The money from this year's ride out will go to the local branches of two charities: Made to Measure, which is part of Scope, and Diabetes UK. Last year's Megaride raised about £4,000.

 

During the ride, motorcycle officers from Devon and Cornwall Police's Safer Road Support Unit were on hand to assist the Megaride marshals and to encourage bikers to ride safely. The officers also helped promote the Bike Safe stand, providing information to bikers on advanced motorcycling training, the Plymouth Herald reported.

 

Plymouth's Megaride started in 1995 with about 400 bikers taking part. Over the years it has grown to become one of the biggest charity motorbike rides in the UK and this year has been another good year, co-organiser Richard Bounds said.

 

"If we can raise the profile of motorcycling with the public then I'm happy," he added.

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