Bike ride breaks records

Posted October 13, 2012 7:53 p.m. EDT
Updated October 15, 2012 7:25 p.m. EDT

— Cary now has the largest all-women's cycling event on the East Coast. The 2012 le Tour de Femme broke records Saturday both for participation and money raised.

Nearly 400 riders started at Cary's Cycling Spoken Here and rode routes of 15, 32 and 54 miles through Wake and Chatham counties. The event raised more than $75,000. WRAL and are proud sponsors of the event and meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner is the honorary ride leader each year.

Local non-profit Grab My Wheel founded the ride as a way to support family and friends battling cancer. In seven years, le Tour de Femme has raised more than $500,000 to benefit The Angel Fund of Rex Hospital and the Livestrong Foundation.