Last Wednesday, 3rd May, was a dry day but with grey skies and a very chill breeze, forcing me to take refuge in the Dragonfly café to greet and record the riders as they finished. However it didn’t dissuade cyclists from the ride. A record 67 entries this year: 36 in advance of the day and 31 ‘on the line’. There were 66 starters of whom 17 were from Reading CTC – so thank you for turning out in great numbers. I am always amazed at the way our ‘off-roaders’ can successfully switch to road riding without any apparent bother. Sorry to say that I could not start riding off-road like they do!
57 riders finished the full course. Some of the non-finishers had ridden to the start and then ‘peeled off’ from the official route once they were near to home so, although they may have cycled the distance, it was not all on the official route.
The event raised over £170 for the Air Ambulance. I plan to ask the Committee to round this up to make a donation of £200. Dinton was used as the backdrop for some good publicity photos, organised by Karen Robertson in conjunction with Macmillan Cancer Support, to celebrate the donation of £2,000 to Macmillan from the Kennett Valley Audaxs which were organised by Mick Simmons.
Thank you again to everyone one who took part and to Allan and Lesley who managed the control at Kingsley. Also to Annette for her kind posts to us organisers!
‘See you on the road’.