A 270-MILE charity cycle ride from France to Spain will raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support (Jersey).

11 people have already signed up for the 2016 event, which is being sponsored by Investec Private Banking.

An information evening is being held at the bank’s offices in The Esplanade, St Helier, 5.30pm-7.30pm on 10 June for those who have signed up and anyone interested in taking part.

‘We’re hoping to get 30 cyclists to do the challenge, which will cover breathtaking scenery and take us across the Pyrenees into Spain. Last year’s challenge – 331 miles from Venice to Genoa in Italy – was an unbelievable experience and raised £85,000 for Macmillan Jersey. We are hoping that we can equal or better that this year,’ said Andy Smith, who is a director of Macmillan Jersey and is head of trust and fiduciary lending at Investec.

Stephen Henry, head of Investec Private Banking in the Channel Islands, added: ‘Investec is proud to be involved with this fantastic challenge, which raises so much money for a very worthy local cause. I wish Andy and his fellow cyclists all the very best next year.’

The trip, which runs from 13 to 18 June 2016, costs £1,400 and there is a fundraising commitment of £1,800 per rider.

Cyclists will fly to Toulouse and ride from Carcassonne, France, through Andorra to Barcelona over a period of four days. They will fly back from Barcelona.

Next month’s launch event for the 2016 challenge is for anyone who has registered or is still undecided. Representatives from Discover Adventure – the travel company organising it – will be there to explain more about the trip and answer any questions.

Money raised will fund Macmillan Jersey’s service providing support to Islanders affected by cancer. From its Cancer Information and Support Centre at the Lido Medical Centre, Macmillan Jersey provides support, information and practical advice to those with a cancer diagnosis and their loved ones. The charity also offers group support and has recently launched complementary therapies.

For more information on the challenge go to www.macmillanjersey.com or email bmoore@macmillanjersey.com to confirm attendance at the launch event on 10 June.