St Catherines Hospice Big Road Ride

This weekend we were out in East Grinstead helping St Catherines Hospice, Crawley with their annual Big Road Ride!

We helped them develop safe routes that were on as quiet roads as possible. It tends to become a bit more technical in terms of mapping the closer you get to London.

Even though we were a ways out from London, it becomes noticeably busier on the roads in Kent and Sussex and there seems to be more of a patience issue with car users!

However, this did not deter us from trying to create a route that was safe and fun for the riders.

Photos by @stchospice

Photos by @stchospice

Despite some busy roads, there is actually some fantastic cycling to be had in the area. With varied terrain between some good old fashioned climbs and some really nice flat roads taking in some gorgeous little towns with village churches, quaint pubs and manor houses along the way.

There were 150 or so riders taking part in the ride and the weather was just perfect. With rain coming down early on it helped to lower the temperature. However just as registration took place the clouds lifted and the burning sun came out to play. It was a perfect temperature and the riders came back with big grins on their faces.

I was most impressed with the 9yr old who had done 40 miles and looked like he hadn’t even started yet!

The event was slightly marred by someone taking down signs and therefore misleading our riders. The riders therefore went above and beyond for this charity ride so a big congrats to them and all the money that they have raised.

It is events like these that so badly need participation to help keep care homes open. So please do look at registering next year as they will need your support. Click here for more information

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