Pock school gears up to welcome Audax cyclists

Saddling up...Andrew Clark and Matthew Partis.
Saddling up...Andrew Clark and Matthew Partis.

More than 1,000 cyclists will be riding through the region and stopping off at a local school as part of the London Edinburgh London Audax Cycling event.

The event, which starts on Sunday, takes place over five days and involves cyclists biking from London to Edinburgh and back to London, a distance of 1,400 km.

Riders must pass through designated checkpoints to have their brevet cards stamped and Pocklington School sports hall is just one such control point and potential stopover venue for the competition.

Mr Andrew D’Arcy, domestic bursar at the school, is in charge of the catering and hospitality operation for the visiting cyclists,

He said: “Our biggest challenge is knowing just how many competitors will decide to use the Pocklington facilities on each leg of the journey, but as a boarding and day school with over 1000 pupils and staff to feed on a daily basis we are well equipped for the task.”

Pocklington School will have its own team competing in the event, comprising premises manager, Matthew Partis, and health and safety advisor, Andrew Clark.