Cycle Event - Sunday 17th August 2014  



Our annual cycle event took place recently, commencing early in the morning of Sunday 17th August attracting over 150 cyclists; an amazing array of colourfully attired BGF supporters.

Organised once again in conjunction with Dave Williams from DHW racing and supported by Southport Cycle Club who offered loan bikes for the event.

Volunteers and marshals began early setting up a display of Benjamin's race bikes and awnings to host the event at Meols Hall in Churchtown; the picturesque location for the start and finish.

Cyclists began to arrive from 7.30 to register and soon began their preferred course of either 30 or 50k. Both routes initially head out in the direction of Scarisbrick across virtually traffic free roads before the ride divides; the 30k taking a fairly casual course passing the WWT Wetlands Trust of Martin Mere through the quaint village of Holmeswood before heading back across the moss lanes of Banks.

The 50k ride continues, briefly passing through the small town of Burscough, crossing canals and railways as the course progresses towards the charming villages of Newburgh and Parbold. It is here the 50k becomes more challenging on the ascent of Stoney Lane a cat 4 climb of a distance of 1.5 km.

Having reached the top the route takes in some undulating scenery as the journey advances through the pretty towns and villages of Mawdesly, Eccleston and Croston. The final leg meets up with the 30k course on the outskirts of Southport then heads back to Meols Hall passing by virtually flat farm land.

As in previous years there was a brilliant atmosphere throughout the event despite the blustery weather and attracting an eclectic group of participants. We had a cyclist on a Raleigh Chopper, complete with a honking horn! Then there was what is fast becoming customary, the attraction of a tandem bike this year ridden by Les Blake and Alexandra; Benjamin’s Granddad and sister. On the return to Meols Hall refreshments were provided by The Organic Soup Kitchen.
We had photos taken throughtout the event courtesy of Dennis Oates  - if you would like to view or buy a snapshot from the event please visit his website below. Please use password ben25 to enter the slide show.

The BGF #25 would like to thank all cyclists who participated and to all individuals and companies that supported to help create this successful event.