This year’s popular Primary Pedal Cycle Ride attracted over 200 entrants for what was a perfect day cycling in the countryside. The event is now in its 5th year and has become an established local highlight.
Organised by FOWPS (Friends of Whitchurch Primary School) and with support from Testbourne’s Mityana project students and friends, riders covered routes of 20, 40 or 60 miles.
Quiet lanes and countryside
All routes took advantage of the quiet lanes and rolling countryside with little motor traffic to disturb the enjoyment. Families, children, groups of friends, old and young, club enthusiasts and even the Town Mayor on his restored trike took part as a last ‘official’ event!
They came from far and wide
Members of cycling clubs from Winchester, Salisbury, Andover and Basingstoke all took part as well as others from further afield. With free cake being a special feature of this ride, there was much camaraderie and chatter with the tasty offerings at the refreshments stops, carefully chosen for their hospitality.
As riders returned to Whitchurch during the afternoon a lovely BBQ greeted them – along with even more free cake.
An enjoyable day for all
FOWPS, their team of volunteers under the able leadership of Victoria Rampton and the ever-so-helpful Testbourne students are all to be commended for putting on such an enjoyable day.
Whitchurch really is a place where anyone can enjoy cycling.