Saddling up for Cycle Sportive

The Rotary Club of Pocklington and Market Weighton have joined forces with Clifton Cycling Club of York in organising this year’s Cycle Sportive.

The event will take place on Saturday using the Henry Thirsk Amenity Centre in Pocklington as its headquarters for the day.

Now in its fourth year, the event has proved extremely popular to cyclists, largely due to the wonderful countryside and quiet country lanes used as the routes.

A sportive is not a race and is not a time trial. It is an organised personal challenge. The Pock Pedal Sportive has three routes, 25 miles, 60 miles and 100 miles meaning that the whole event is attractive to a wide range of riders.

The 25 mile route is fairly gentle riding on reasonably flat roads between Pocklington and Stamford Bridge, the 60 and 100 mile routes take in some of the most challenging roads in our area of the Yorkshire Wolds, with long, steep climbs and descents, testing all round bike riding skills rather than flat out speed.

The sportive includes transponder timing, feed stations, breakdown recovery and fully signed routes.

Sportives are a great way of challenging yourself, learning about road riding and getting fit, and can be a great stepping stone into developing cycling further.

They give the options to riders of doing the event for the camaraderie and thrill of being part of a huge group of riders or of simply finding a part of the countryside that they might not otherwise think of riding in.

The 2014 event is being used to raise money for one of Pocklington and Market Weighton Rotary Club’s chosen charities this year, the Yorkshire Air Ambulance.

Entries are welcome from anyone who would like to take part in this event.

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