Pedal power helped a group of 14 female cyclists complete a gruelling 174 miles coast to coast bike ride for charity.
The Barmby Moor Pink Ladies Breeze Cycle group pedalled from Morecambe to Bridlington, on the Way of the Roses route. The women were sponsored for their own personal charities to the tune of £6,000 between them.
Day one saw the group leave Morecambe seafront in glorious sunshine and set off towards Settle where they were faced with a tough climb out of Settle and on to Appletreewick. Day two was a hard climb out but the scenery was spectacular until fog descended on the drop down the very steep Greenhow Hill into Pateley Bridge. After a welcome coffee and cake stop the sun came back out to see the group on past Brimham Rocks and then a long but easy ride for lunch at Fountains Abbey. Fed, watered and refreshed the group then had an easy flat peddle through Ripon and York before reaching home territory cycling into Barmby Moor after 74 miles at 8pm to a welcome barbecue. This was also a special celebration for Breeze Champion and joint leader Deborah Nott who was presented with a cake and banner for completing 100 led Breeze rides.
Day three saw the group head out of Barmby Moor through Pocklington, up past the KP Club and then on through Millington Pastures and onto the top of the Yorkshire Wolds. A spokesperson for the group said: “Once up here the girls knew they were nearly home and dry even though they still had 35 miles to go, nothing was going to spoil their epic journey. But nothing could have prepared any of us for the welcome we received as we dropped onto the Bridlington seafront to tumultuous applause from a huge crowd of family and friends. There wasn’t a dry eye from the girls as they lined up one last time for a team photo by the finish sign.”
Women interested in joining in with Breeze rides should visit www.breezebikerides.com or contact area co-ordinator Val French by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Breeze Pink Ladies Team who completed the ride are all from the local area. They are Lucy Stubley, Ginny Driver, Alison Smith, Clare Hughes, Louise Pocklington and Val French, Breeze leader, Deborah Nott, Breeze Leader, Sharon Allen, Ruth Hill, Helen Prosser, Hilary Farrow, Anette Atkin, Liz Jones, Alsoun Sowersby, with Jill MacDonald and Amanda Mayo joining on day two and three.