MORE than 200 cyclists rode around the scenic Hampshire countryside in the Beast to the East.

The event, organised by BigFeat Events, was held on Sunday, May 12 for its fourth edition. 

The route started at Swanmore College and took riders over Old Winchester Hill, across the Meon Valley and South Downs National Park.

READ MORE: Kavi Coffee announce opening date for new Jewry Street shop

Hampshire Chronicle: Beast to the East

There were four route lengths for people to choose from: 28 miles, 57 miles, 82 miles and 100 miles. 

Beast to the East also raised funds for the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance with homemade cakes and a choice of hot drinks at the finish line. A total of £500 was raised.

The event will be back on Sunday, May 11 next year. BigFeat Events also organises the Quest to the West which starts in Swanmore and takes in the villages in the north and west of Hampshire.

For more details, visit