Ride with the Pros June 2018 - Event Report
More women than ever turned up and joined in the latest community Ride with the Pros cycling event hosted by St Hugh’s Hospital in Grimsby.
During the first of three cycling sessions planned for 2018, the hospital welcomed a record number of women as professional cyclists Tom Stewart and Graham Briggs, from JLT Condor, attended the community ride which takes in the countryside surrounding Grimsby.
On Saturday 2nd June more than 50 local cycling enthusiasts took to two wheels and completed the 53km or 30km routes which were designed by Dave Evans from NEL Lindsey Go-Ride who helped organise the event alongside Gary Allington, the Health Promotions Officer at St Hugh’s.
Dave, Gary and the team are celebrating the success of the event, which attracted the highest number of women to date.
Gary said: “We’ve been running these events for the last few years and slowly the number of women attending has increased, but on Saturday a quarter of riders were female, which I think is a great sign of how cycling is becoming less of a male-dominated sport.
“I’m looking forward to hosting our next session already, where I’d really like to welcome even more women with an interest in cycling.
“Ride with the Pros is something a bit special. It’s like if you’re into football and having a kick around with Premier League players! Having a chance to ride alongside the professionals was brilliant – they really were amazing.”
As well as creating the routes for the Ride with the Pros session, NEL Lindsey Go-Ride volunteers hosted a session for younger riders on the hospital’s lawns and within a cordoned off section of the car park.
NEL Lindsey Go-Ride, the younger rider section of the Lindsey Roads Cycling Club, is a session-based training programme which helps children improve their cycling skills and boosts their confidence.
Gary added: “We have a lot to thank the Lindsey Roads Cycling Club for, from setting the route and running the session for younger riders while we’re out on the road. Several club members also volunteered to go out with each of our groups, so that everyone was safe and well cared for.
“We know that these events are attended by both seasoned cyclists and people getting on a bike for the first time in a while, so having support on the road is imperative.
“I want people to feel safe so they’re able to enjoy a ride with other like-minded people; it’s one of the reasons we invite the professionals. Getting a chance to talk to Tom or Graham about techniques or ask their advice on how to fuel your ride while clocking up the miles is a great way to spend a morning.”
After the ride, cyclists had an opportunity to continue chatting over refreshments which were put on free of charge by the hospital.
The next the ride will take place on Saturday 25th August and is open to anyone with an interest in cycling. To book your free place on this event please sign up via the website www.hmtsthughs.org/ride-with-the-pros
For more information about the range of local activities supported by HMT St Hugh’s please visit the website www.hmtsthughs.org/community