CYCLISTS from across the country took to Hampshire to take on a thigh-burning bike ride.

The annual New Forest 100 event brought in hundreds of people who travelled routes of 30, 59, or 100 miles through the picturesque surroundings of the New Forest.

Once reaching the finish line, cyclists were presented with a bronze, silver or gold medal based on their average speed.

The end of the sold-out cycle ride was celebrated with live performances, several beers to hand and hot food, with hundreds of proud, beaming faces to be seen.

One cyclist James Maben from Somerset said: "There was good comradery from other riders and the New Forest is beautiful. It took us around seven hours, including stops along the way, to complete the ride. I'm pretty tired now."

Another cyclist, from Honiton Spinners Running Club, said: "It was our first time after two of our runners from last year inspired us to do it. It's not as hilly as Devon, it's quite flat, and we did the 59-mile route, although we had members from our club doing all three routes."