CYCLING: Almost 60 riders took part in King’s Lynn Cycling Club’s annual reliability ride from Lynnsport on Sunday.
With the ride also falling on the anniversary of the club’s 85th year, there was an excellent turnout of 59 riders of all ages and abilities.
Weather conditions were challenging with windy and gusty conditions on a mainly cloudy but dry day but this did not deter them from rising to the challenge to get back to Lynnsport in a designated time zone.
Club members rode alongside other riders from visiting clubs, as well as junior riders, who all took up the challenge to ride either a 50k or a 100k route.
They were in speed determined groups, challenging themselves to test their cycling fitness coming out of the winter season.
King’s Lynn Go Ride member Bethany Barnett, aged 12, completed the 50km route alongside her father Ray.
She said: “Going from Great Massingham, the wind was behind us and it felt like we were flying, we were going so fast.
“As we turned the corner though, a strong headwind started and it became much more difficult, but it was a good challenge.
“I was very relieved and proud of myself when we got back to Lynnsport.”
Ten year-old Johnny Appleby was visiting from Spalding but rides for the Essex-based Api Metrow Bodyby JR team.
He completed his first 100k distance on his own road bike, alongside his father also named Johnny.
The club thank everyone who attended to make this event a success and expressed their gratitude to all helpers who turned up early in the morning and assisted by signing riders on and then off after their ride.
λ Many children were involved in the Go Ride half term races and coaching sessions on a grassed area beside The Shed at Lynnsport.
The children enjoyed expert coaching sessions in the morning to help develop bike handling skills followed by races in the afternoon.
The cold weather conditions did not deter the children from learning and participating.
They all enjoyed the experience and valuable knowledge gained, including tackling the skills required to cycle and race around a marked out course on the grass.
Go Ride coaching sessions were led by qualified coaches in the morning.
In the afternoon the children enjoyed different style races on a marked-out course.
This was successfully assisted by helpers/parents and members of King’s Lynn Cycling Club, who provided timekeeping and marshaling for the races.
The club celebrates its 85th year throughout 2016 and more information about plans to mark it will be revealed as the year progresses.
For details about the anniversary celebrations and to learn more about the Go Ride Club, visit the club’s website – www.kingslynncyclingclub.co.uk