Cyclists tackle challenging Pock Pedal routes for charity

Riders taking part in the Pock Pedal Sportive.
Riders taking part in the Pock Pedal Sportive.

Cycling enthusiasts saddled up for the fifth annual Pock Pedal Sportive on Saturday (23 May).

Pock Pedal Sportive on Saturday.

Riders of all ages took part in the Sportive, a personal challenge against the clock, on three routes ranging from the 100-mile mega and 60-mile midi routes, taking in challenging terrain up onto the Wolds from the centre of Pocklington, and a 25-mile route skirting but avoiding the Wolds. Of 320 entrants, there were 295 finishers. Cyclists departed on the 100-mile route in a sea of coloured lycra at 8am.

Principal organiser Andy Johnson, of Clifton Cycle Club, said: “The first mega route rider crossed the electronic timing finish line after just 4 hours 15 minutes but its not about winning, it’s all about taking part and promoting cycling as a healthy recreational activity.”

Co-organisers, The Pocklington and Market Weighton Rotary Club, worked tirelessly to ensure the success of the day.

The event has raised more than £1,600 for charity from riders contributions alone. Yorkshire Air Ambulance was the principal charity to benefit this year, but the event has also raised funds for local Rotary charities. The sixth Pock Pedal will take place on 28 May 2016 with planned capacity for even more cyclists and opportunity to raise more funds for local Rotary supported charities.