Ride with the Pros Welcomes Record Numbers
More riders than ever turned up and joined in the latest community Ride with the Pros cycling event hosted by St Hugh’s Hospital in Grimsby at the weekend.
During the last of three cycling sessions hosted in 2018, the hospital welcomed a record number of enthusiasts as professional cyclists Tom Stewart and Graham Briggs, from JLT Condor, attended the community ride which takes in the countryside surrounding Grimsby.
On Saturday 29th September more than 80 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 cyclists to date.
Gary said: “We’ve been running these events for the last few years and slowly the number of people attending has increased, but on Saturday we welcomed more than 80 people, which I think is a great sign of how cycling is becoming a more accessible sport for all.
“I’m looking forward to planning our 2019 rides already, and I’d really like to welcome even more women and young people 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 to 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.”
HMT Youth Development riders were also in attendance, as were Joe Laverick – fresh from his eight-place finish in the Junior Men’s TT competition at the Road World Championships in Innsbrück, Austria - and Keiran Hotson, both of whom previously attended the HMT development sessions after being talent spotted during their time at NEL Lindsey Go-Ride.
After the ride, cyclists had an opportunity to continue chatting over refreshments which were put on free of charge by the hospital.
Ride with the Pros will return in 2019, so keep an eye on announcements on social media and events added to 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