Two Mills Early Season Challenge Ride Sunday 25th March, 2018

Two Mills Early Season Challenge Ride Sunday 25th March, 2018

As the organiser, I would like to say a very big thank you to the 218 participants who took part in our recent early season event. Everyone finished safely, enjoying the route on a glorious spring day, the company and that lunch, of course.  

Dan Joyce, the editor of Cycle the magazine of our national club, rode the course. He also managed to chat to volunteers, other riders and took photographs which will feature in his article to appear in a future edition. John Ferguson also took photographs which can be viewed on Facebook page for Chester and North Wales CTC.

Quick headlines from the day:

  • Youngest rider, aged 15 completed her first 50km bike ride – well done, Isabelle.
  • Oldest rider (male) aged 86 and female aged 72, both turning in very decent times for the full 50 mile distance 
  • 40% of our participants were women with a noticeable peleton from VC Melyd
  • Amongst those who identified as cycle club members, the largest numbers were from our own Two Mills and Chester and North Wales CTC. But lots of others came along for the ride from Marford and Gresford, Liverpool Century, Birkenhead North End, Breeze, Wirral Cycling Group, South Manchester CTC, Ribble Valley CRC, North Cheshire Clarion, Holyhead CC, CSM Porthmadog, Lyme RC, Newcastle Triathlon, North Staffs Wayfarers, Stafford RC and others

We don’t publish results publicly because it is not a race but all finishers were suitably rewarded with a certificate and a special CUK Challenge Ride series medal.

Our volunteers each worked hard on the day. This year, we welcomed newcomers to the usual team. Alan and Jane both got stuck in to the task. Andy worked his magic outside to get everyone parked-up despite losing valuable space to the dog agility show taking place at the same time.

I and our other volunteers really appreciate the many messages of thanks from participants. Also, I must record riders’ fantastic generosity. £150 was collected in donations on the day which this year will go to the Motor Neurone Disease Association in memory of one of our former members who sadly passed away recently at the age of just 66 having lived with the disease for the past 2 years.

Planning ahead, our Early Season Challenge takes place a little later next year, Sunday 14th April 2019 a date for your longer term diary.

Janet Gregory, Event Organiser and Secretary Two Mills (Wirral) part of Cycling UK

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