250 riders take part in 2016 sportive
Hadleigh Cycling Club’s second sportive attracted 250 riders to the town on 18th September 2016.
Adam Chamberlin, Chair of the Club said, “It was great to build on last year’s event. Everyone seemed to have a great time and once again, we had fantastic weather.
“The Flyer is a team effort and we couldn’t have carried it off without Richard, Benson, Mike, Lucy, Katherine, Kate, Rickaby, Angela, Colin, Kevin, Dave, Martin, Perrie, Trudi, Molly, Deborah, Tracy, Gale, Paul H, Tori, Jack, Paul S, Steph, Jo, Chris, Claire, Simon, Phil, Nick, Farhad and Matt.”
Adam also thanked the Flyer’s sponsors - The Pedal House, The George, Sunny Day Cycleworks, The East of England Co-op, Crockatt Garage and Rattlesden Gliding Club. The Club will make a donation to local charity, Brendan Oakes Trust.
Hadleigh’s first cycling festival in 2015
Hadleigh’s inaugural cycling festival (September 19th / 20th 2015) attracted hundreds of riders and their families to the town. The festival consisted of a sportive for over 200 adult cyclists of a junior event for 24 young cyclists.
The Hadleigh Cycling Club planned the weekend to capitalise on the national and countywide interest in cycling, enthuse children and their parents, draw cyclists to the town and benefit local businesses.
The sportive was named “The Gayford Flyer” in recognition of the town’s world record breaking aviator, Oswald Gayford. The 50km and 100km routes took the riders past landmarks including Gayford family home on Angel Street, RAF Wattisham where he served as commander and his final resting place in Naughton.
The junior event proved to be an excellent opportunity for youngsters to receive coaching and experience racing in a safe environment.
James Cartlidge, MP for South Suffolk, visited the event and witnessed the youngsters as they were put through a series of drills and participated in races.
Adam Chamberlin, Chair of the Club said, “We believe that this weekend supports the Suffolk’s Year of Cycling initiative and links with the County Council’s ambition to be the “most active county”.
“It also helps to ensure that there is a legacy for cycling in Hadleigh after the visits by the professionals in June with the Women’s Tour and the Tour of Britain last weekend.”
Richard Holdaway, Sportive Director said, “The Flyer couldn’t have taken place without the help of numerous volunteers and the backing of businesses in the town. It has been a tremendous amount of work but the riders are already asking whether we will run it again next year!”
The sportive was supported by The Pedal House, The George Public House, Sunny Day Cycleworks, Crockatt Garage, Morrisons and the Co-op.
The club has had an exceptional busy year. It runs weekly junior coaching sessions and a range of regular rides for its members. Ten of the members took part in an epic ride from London to Paris in 24 hours in June and raised over £7000 for the Brendan Oakes Trust, a local charity which supports young cancer sufferers.