Ribble Valley Ride 2018



WHAT A DAY! An absolutely magnificent field of 548 cyclists took part in this year’s event, and for once the weather was kind, with a cool misty start giving way to warm sunshine. Although a heavy thunderstorm managed to catch out a few of the very late finishers (and made it awkward for the organisers to pack up at the end!)
Thanks to everyone who took part, either cycling or as one of the many volunteer helpers. Riders came from as far afield as Oban and Cambridge, and probably further. Some helpers were up at 5 am (even earlier!) and drove as far as Aysgarth to run the food stops.
At ‘Event HQ’ at The Fell Bike and Tri Superstore in Clitheroe, there was a variety of services and displays including Whalley Physiotherapy (much needed massages), Oakley Sport Performance Sunglasses, Gosh Art, the Rosemere Cancer Foundation, North West Air Ambulance Service and of course the catering van!
Everyone seemed to enjoy the fabulous routes, although the highways authorities really need to sort out maintenance – the 25-mile Challenge in particular suffering from terrible road surfaces in places, and on the 100-mile expert route a pothole caused the only serious accident of the day when Richard Spensley took a bad fall and ended up with a dislocated shoulder. Well done to our broom wagon crew (Andy & Simon) and to Richard’s five colleagues who stayed with him, only to be rewarded with a soaking from the thunderstorm later!
20180610_110352365_iOSPhil Sayle with Event Organiser Bill Honeywell
Special mention must go to Steve Burne, Phil Sayle and Derek Walker.  Steve has terminal cancer but with tremendous energy has mobilised an army of supporters to raise money to provide at least five rooms for Ronald McDonald Homes. £364,000 has been raised so far this year, and Phil & Derek persuaded 60 colleagues to enter our event as part of their campaign. We were honoured that Steve came to the start to greet many of the riders.
So the overall verdict was another great event – perhaps our best year yet. Make sure you keep Sunday 9 June 2019 clear for next year’s Ribble Valley Ride!