Charity cycle ride is a huge success

Returning to Gainsborough left to right Chairman of Gainsborough Aegir Cycling Club Paul Reynolds, ride leader Daniel Nicholson and Gainsborough Standard feature writer Helen Johnston
Returning to Gainsborough left to right Chairman of Gainsborough Aegir Cycling Club Paul Reynolds, ride leader Daniel Nicholson and Gainsborough Standard feature writer Helen Johnston

Sunshine and fine weather encouraged 38 cyclists, the most for many years, to take part in Gainsborough’s Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance cycle ride on Sunday.

The event, part of National Bike Week, was arranged by Gainsborough Aegir Cycling Club, CTC and Church Street Cycles.

Riders at the start of Gainsborough's National Bike Week Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance Ride

Riders at the start of Gainsborough's National Bike Week Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance Ride

Cyclists from Gainsborough, Upton, Misterton, Bole, Snitterby, Shefield and Lincoln enjoyed the ride, with the age range of participants between four and 74 years of age.

Gainsborough Standard feature writer Helen Johnston took part in the 30-mile ride as she was guided around the route by CTC ride leaders Daniel Nicholson and Trevor Halstead.

During the ride Helen chatted with club cyclists and members of the public who were taking part in the event, while gaining cycling experience as in July she is riding in the Great Nottinghamshire bike ride.

The riders left Gainsborough Adventure Playground on Risholme Road and headed to Upton where some riders turned left to cycle the 10-mile ride crossing Sturgate Airfield to Heapham, before returning to Gainsborough.

The 15-mile riders carried on to Kexby and then riding a loop to return to join the 10-mile route back to Gainsborough.

The rest of the enthusiastic cyclists enjoyed the 30-mile route through Willingham-by-Stow, Stow, Sturton-by-Stow and Thorpe-le-Fallows.

Arriving in Brattleby, the riders were faced with the big climb up to the Lincolnshire Edge where they were rewarded with fantastic views over the Trent Valley.

It was then into Harpswell village, on to Heapham and returning to Gainsborough past Hewitt’s Windmill. The route then retraced the outward ride along Heapham Road finishing back in Gainsborough.

Event organisers Trevor and Daniel would like to thank all the riders and marshals who made the event such a huge success and Gainsborough Adventure Playground for their hospitality.

On the same day cyclists from around the Gainsborough area packed their teatime goodies on to their cycles and pedalled to Richmond Park in Gainsborough to take part in a National Bike Week Pedalling Picnic where they enjoyed their picnic in the afternoon sunshine and pleasant surroundings of the park.

Trevor and Daniel would like to thank Gainsborough Town Council for the use of Richmond Park.

Aegir Cycling Club and CTC members took part in the Gainsborough Riverside Festival on 16th June which coincided with the first day of National Bike Week 2012.

Matt Hindmarsh, Liam Hindmarsh (13), Sophie Hindmarsh (nine), Colin Smith and Daniel Nicholson staged an impressive stand promoting cycling, while Trevor Halstead rode a semi-recumbent cycle along with his fellow club members in the parade.

Cycle training instructor Daniel Nicholson staged a demonstration of cycle training using his club members as pupils.

The club would like to thank other members of Matt’s family for assisting with the stand.

On Wednesday 13th June the club held a five-mile race starting and finishing in Marton, and results for Gainsborough Aegir CC riders were: 1, Jordan Skelley 12 minutes 48 seconds; equal 2, Joe Nash and Matt Hindmarsh 13-20; 3, Karl Peace 13-41; 4, Joe Noble (juvenile) 13-44; 5, Liam Hindmarsh (juvenile) 13-52; 6, Gwaine Clark 13-55; 7, Derek Sanderson 14-08; 8, Andy Clarke 14-36; 9, Trevor Halstead 14-49; 10, Gerald Buckle 15-28; 11, Neil Broughton 15-37.

Private trials (non-club members): 1, Ian Ferraby (Trent Valley Road Club) 12-31; 2, Shaun Pycroft (Trent Valley Road Club) 12-39; 3, Tim Simpson 13-07; 4, Steve Brown, trike (Scunthorpe Road Club) 16-00; 5, D Wren 18-06.

On Sunday 24th June there is a leisure ride to York Rally (120 miles) – meet Roseway, Gainsborough, at 4am. Please register your intent to ride with Trevor Halstead.

On Wednesday 27th June the 18 and juvenile nine-mile time trial takes place – meet at the top of Thonack Hill 6.45pm, first rider off at 7pm.