Several people from Whitchurch pulled their bikes from sheds and garages and took part in the charity rides on Sunday in support of Naomi House and Jack’s Place.
The rides which started in Upper Clatford attracted 84 riders who covered a choice of two courses of 23 and 60 miles, with both calling into the hospice near Sutton Scotney.
Although weather was at times on the chilly side, with some frost as riders left Whitchurch for the start, the rolling countryside soon had everyone warmed up, while the climbs tested the fitness and the lungs of all.
Organised by local cycling club Andover Wheelers, around £1100 was raised for the charity which provides support for children and young adults with life-limiting conditions.
Amongst those riding was Rob Ronan from Whitchurch who had pledges of nearly £200. If anyone would still like to support his efforts see Rob Ronan Fundraising.
Also taking part were Neil and friends from local cycle shop North Hants Bikes and Whitchurch Town Councillor Dave Titcomb. Some of the Whitchurch riders also were in ‘training’ for taking part in the famous London to Brighton Cycle Ride later this year, see The Whitchurch Girls, but all were also out to enjoy the wonderful countryside and views.
Tea, Cake and Certificates
Of course no cycle ride is complete without tea and cake and the spread at the end was just superb. Riders also received certificates to recognise their support for the hospice, which needs over £5million a year to run itself.
With the weather due to warm up (at last) it may be time to think about getting the bikes out more, whether it be for a spin in the countryside with some friends, easing the cost of the commute or for the convenience of local shopping trips. Meanwhile there are lots of other cycling activities in the Whitchurch area, some of which are listed here, at Local Cycle Rides.
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