CYCLISTS will be taking on the Tour de Clacks this September in a bid to raise awareness of prostate cancer.

Alloa Rotary Club is organising its Rotary Ride for Prostate Cancer event, also known as Tour de Clacks, on Sunday, September 5.

A 13mile circular route, following designated paths of the National Cycle Network, will take participants around the Wee County with the effort supporting the message of Prostate Scotland.

John Scott, president of Alloa Rotary Club, said: "We call it the Tour de Clacks, our affectionate name for the wonderful cycle and walking paths that can be found around our Wee County.

"The Rotary Ride is supporting, through fundraising, vital life-saving research into this very common cancer and the excellent care provided by the Prostate Cancer charities.

"The Alloa club is supporting Prostate Scotland which is a Scottish charity set up to provide information, advice and help on prostate health and diseases test and treatments.

"Their mission is to inform, educate, support, campaign and advance on prostate disease in Scotland."

Prostate cancer, which can develop slowly with no immediate signs, is the most common type of this disease amongst men in Scotland and early diagnosis is vital in boosting survival chances.

The event, which will start at the pedestrian bridge to the west of Alloa Railway Station, is seeking to make a difference through fundraising and equally importantly, by raising awareness.

Rotarian Alun Morgan, who planned the event, added: "The event starts at 10am on Sunday, September 5, and riders will start in small groups at staggered intervals.

"There is a £5 entry fee. The chosen route is very safe and mostly off-road, but there are a couple of roads to cross.

"These will be manned by marshals who will also be visibly present at the start and at other strategic points along the route.

"Most riders would be expected to be able to complete the route in under 2 hours with an event scheduled finishing time of 1pm."

Those looking to take part, as individuals or in groups, can visit or message the Alloa Rotary Club Facebook page.