On Saturday the 25th June, a team of 6 intrepid cyclists are taking part in one of the toughest one day cycling events in the country.
The members of Velo-M are tackling a sportive know as “Coast-2-Coast In A Day.”
This event is 150 miles long and includes 15,000 feet of climbing, with ascents of some of the toughest climbs in the country, a few with gradients as high as 30%.
The day starts early at Seascale on the Cumbrian coast, before heading over Hardknott and Wrynose passes in the Lake District. These 2 climbs are fearsome enough in their own right, but our local lads then continue across the Lakes before a brief respite on the ferry across Windermere.
The ride continues across the Yorkshire Dales where more hills await, and then the Vale of York. Finally the North York Moors come into sight, where a real sting in the tail awaits with some climbs of 30% after our team has already completed 130 miles.
Relief awaits soon after at the finish in Whitby for fish and chips and a glass of something refreshing.
The team consists of Martyn Baggaley, Paul Hollins, Greg Hyde, Paul Malkin, Spencer Stone and Dave Wynne. Andy Gale and Judy Hyde from the club will be providing support on the day.
Greg Hyde said,
“we’ve been training hard for this event all year, putting in some big rides locally and in the Peak District. We used to think 70 miles was a long ride and we’ve all pushed ourselves to get fit for this as we prepare. It’s not just the distance though, it’s the combination of that and the climbing. One of the club members came along for the last training ride and he thought it was tougher than riding in the Alps! It’ll be a long day for sure, taking at least 10 hours actual riding time plus short breaks for food and so on. We’re all experienced cyclists but this event still leaves us with a sense of trepidation”
“The picture was taken on of our recent training rides in the Peak District where we enjoyed the delights of climbing Thorncliffe Hill, Winnats Pass, Cat & Fiddle and a few others.”
Martyn Baggaley and Paul Malkin are completing the ride in aid of Epilepsy Action. You can make a donation or sponsor the team at https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Martyn-Baggaley1 or
Wish the lads luck and hope that they stay safe, have a good day and that the weather is not too hot!