Counting down the days now to the Tour de Yorkshire, setting off on Friday from the sunny town of Beverley before it wends its way through Market Weighton, Bubwith , Tadcaster, Knaresborough and finishing in the delighful market town of Settle.There will be plenty of photo opportunities in Beverley as the riders do a lap around the town centre before setting off across the Westwood.
We are so lucky to be able to see this fantastic cycling experience, I shall be out on my bike watching and cheering all the teams, and enjoying the unique carnival atmosphere, so please join me in making this great event a success by giving it your full support.
Sunday is yet another chance to catch the race as it winds its way from Middlesborough to Scarborough,plenty of great ascents to sit and watch as the professional cyclists make light work of these steep inclines.
Welcome back to Wiggo, and his team.
A cold morning saw 700 brave cyclists make their way from Driffield showground out onto their chosen route across the beautiful and challenging Wolds.
There was a good mix of ages, and a fair proportion of women riders, along with our youngest rider Thomas Denton, aged just 7 years, from Scarborough, who completed the Langtoft loop ride with dad James.
Well done to Thomas.
Joe Burns aged 13 years from York also completed the ride, his 3rd sportive along with his dad.
It's great to see young cyclists gaining experience alongside their parents.
Representing one of the women cyclists was Katie Drewery, taking part in her first Sportive, prior to doing the coast to coast in August. Another local rider from Driffield was Symone, taking part in the classic ride of 100km.
Charlotte Somerville supported by Mark Ford were one of the first couples back from the Langdale loop, Charlotte is visually impaired, but that did not stop her from making a jolly good time.
Adam and Phil were ably supported by a great back up team, including Dominic Bent and Niall McGlone from Cliff Pratt Cycles, who were on hand to check over cycles.
Repair2ride followed the cyclists and helped out those who needed assistance on the ride.
Becca Haskins aged just 10 years old, enjoyed selling raffle tickets and drawing the raffle.
East Coast Cycles did a stirling job serving up hot and cold refreshments and Margaret Buckton and team provided tasty hot pies and peas, very welcome on such a cold day.
Torq fitness were on hand to provide energy drinks to cyclists.
At the end of the ride each cyclist was presented with a bottle of Maillot Jaune from Great Newsome brewery, very welcome.
Finally a mention for Mike Smith who set the cyclists off with a smile and wave, and saw all cyclists return triumph from their own personal challenges, to feel justly proud of their very special day out in the Heart of the Wolds.
Well done to everyone who took part, and enjoy next week as a spectator to the Tour de Yorkshire.
Put the date in your diaries, 24th April is the fourth edition of the Heart of the Wolds Cycle Sportive, I will be there on hand, along with Cliff Pratt Cycles to provide mechanical support throughout the day.
Last year the weather was bright and sunny, perfect for the days ride, hopefully this year will be the same.
There is a choice of three routes, consisting of the Langdale Loop at 37 km, ideal for riders who are new to cycling.
Next up comes the Classic, 100 km through some fabulous and challenging Wolds scenery.
Finally, the Challenge ride at 134km is not for the faint hearted, it's a tough ride with over 1200 metres of climbing, and will take at least 5 hours of riding.
Plus, this year it takes place only a week before the Le Tour de Yorkshire so perfect to get some miles in before watching the pros the week later.
More details can be found at http://www.woldssportive.co.uk/
Or contact Adam Hardy on 01430422954 or mobile 07866748721
or Phil Haskins on 01482 841007 or email@example.com
I am the company founder and a very keen cyclist who has enjoyed cycling since the first day I sat on my first bike. What I love about cycling is the freedom and chance to go places under your own steam. Plus, it keeps you fit and helps to save money on fuel too!