At the launch of the new cycle rack.

There was a good turnout on Sunday morning as Whitchurch’s latest parking facility was officially launched as a finale to the cycle weekend, while two riders were also set off on a special charity ride.

The Town Mayor, Councillor John Clark, and the Mayoress, Rosemary Crumplin, cut the ribbon on the new penny-farthing cycle rack outside the Town Hall.
The rack was part of the Town Centre Improvement Project which saw the renovation of the forecourt, and will be welcomed by the increasing numbers using cycles for travel.

The Mayor and Mayoress with Finn and Rob Ronan.

The local dignitaries then set two local riders on their way to raise funds for a charity.

Rob and Finn set off.

Rob Ronan and his six-year old son Finn, were cycling to Whitchurch on Thames in support of the Alzheimer’s Society, a cause close to Rob’s heart.

With Finn pedalling on a tag-along behind his Dad, and despite an early puncture, they covered 25 undulating miles before they crossed their ‘finish line’.

Reaching the 'other' Whitchurch.

They are now hoping to raise £300 and are well on their way towards that target. Donations can still be accepted on their fundraising page: WHITCHURCH TO WHITCHURCH

Also present at the send off was local rider Les Jordan, who will be riding from Land’s End to John o’Groats in August to raise funds for the Breathtakers OB Trust. His fundraising page is at: END TO END

The unveiling and send-off was part of the Whitchurch Cycle Week arranged by Cycle Whitchurch, as part of National Bike Week.

Meanwhile cycling becomes more and more popular and at least four groups of riders set off for rides out into the countryside on Sunday. Several other events/activities are planned, including free maintenance sessions.

Click the pics above to enlarge them.

There is a short video of the event – apologies for the rapid delivery of scissors to the Mayoress!

Comments (1)

  • Rob Ronan

    Thank you so much for the support and coverage, we are already talking about making this a yearly event and getting other riders involved next year. I will keep you updated, thanks again.

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