Fest finale raises almost £10k

Ribble Valley Ride
Ribble Valley Ride
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More than 450 cyclists kept the wheels of fundraising spinning by taking part in the finale of the Ribble Valley Cycling Festival.

The highly-acclaimed Ribble Valley Ride, which is in its third year, took place on Sunday as the final event of a week-long cycling festival, raising almost £10,000.

Organised by the Rotary Clubs of Clitheroe and Accrington, the event was based at The Fell Bike and Tri Superstore, Deanfield Way, Clitheroe.

Riders of all abilities tackled the challenging routes of 25, 60 and 100 miles through some stunning countryside in the Ribble Valley and Yorkshire Dales.

The ride followed the success of the Clitheroe Grand Prix, on June 3rd, where spectators enjoyed the thrills and spills of circuit race cycling. Other events during the week-long festival were a bike powered concert at Clitheroe Castle Bandstand, the Ribble Valley Try and Tri event at Ribblesdale Pool and spinning classes, plus many more. In addition, daredevil cyclists got in the saddle and realised their dream by spinning around their bikes at tremendous speeds for the Velodroam event, which was initially held at Clitheroe Skate Park and on Saturday at Edisford Road Car Park.

Hailing the festival finale a success, Ribble Valley Ride organiser and tireless fundraiser Bill Honeywell, said: “Once again everyone had a fabulous day out. The 60 and 100-mile routes really challenge the amateur cyclist, going as far as Aysgarth Falls and Malham, with some tough hills, but fabulous scenery. Our well-stocked food-stops are fast becoming legendary and once again riders enjoyed the great atmosphere of this friendly event.”

Olympic medallist and TV commentator, Rob Hayles, joined one of the rides and was even seen repairing the odd bike at the finish. The event is run by volunteers and raises funds for the Rosemere Cancer Foundation, Dan’s Trust and the North West Air Ambulance Service.

Bill added: “We’ve been delighted by the support from our sponsors The Fell - their new superstore in Clitheroe was the perfect venue. Other sponsors and supporters are almost too many to mention, but include Envair Clean Air and Dare2B clothing - and this year the ladies from Whalley Physiotherapy gave much appreciated massages to lots and lots of tired legs. It was a great event and we’re already looking forward to next year!”

Young daredevil cyclists enjoy the pop-up velodroam at Edisford Road Car Park. (s)

Cyclists get in the saddle and take to the streets for fest finale. (s)