Hundreds turn out for Colne Valley Cycle Ride
Nearly four hundred cyclists turned out for the Colne Valley Cycle Ride organised by Essex & Herts Air Ambulance (EHAAT) on Sunday April 30th, an increase on last year’s total.
Starting from the cricket field at Earls Colne airfield the cyclists tackled routes of 3, 20, 50 or 80 miles that took in many of the most scenic parts of the area. Riders on the longest routes passed through Wakes Colne, Steeple Bumpstead, Wethersfield, and Castle Hedingham before returning to the start.
Riders included club cyclists, families and one father and son team on a tandem who took on the 80 mile route. There was also a large turnout from the family of an airlifted patient, one of whom took part in the event raising over a thousand pounds.
Fay Boissieux, Event Manager at EHAAT said “It was great to see so many cyclists turn out for this event despite the grey skies! The day has raised over £12,500, with more sponsorship still to come, which will help keep our life-saving work service operational, so we’d like to thank everyone who took part.
“The 80 mile route, new for this year, was particularly popular with those who wanted to cycle on roads used by the Tour de France on its last visit to the UK.
“Thanks too to all our volunteers who helped to marshal the event. Many spent hours standing at road junctions to make sure that everyone got back safely.”
Cyclists who would like to ride in support of the Essex & Herts Air Ambulance can sign up for further events here.