Quartet complete coast challenge

The Richardson's Cycling Club Coast to Coast riders are, from left, Paul Schofield, Frank Strickland, Harry Brown and Robin Shaw
The Richardson's Cycling Club Coast to Coast riders are, from left, Paul Schofield, Frank Strickland, Harry Brown and Robin Shaw
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Four members of Richardson’s Cycling Club completed the 170 miles for the Coast to Coast in a day challenge from the Irish Sea to the North Sea.

Their ride started at 6.15am in Morcambe and finished in Bridlington at 7.45pm.

It was rainy in the morning and sunshine in the afternoon, strong winds but the wind was more help than hinderance.

The route followed the popular Way of the Roses, this takes in car-free dedicated paths and byways as well as cycle lanes and quieter roads.

The wheels hummed through stunning coutryside, up the Lune valley, Forest of Bowland, Yorkshire Dales, Nidderdale, Vale of York and then up and over the Yorkshire Wolds.

Most people allow themselves two or three days to complete this long distance ride.

Richardson’s members joined riders from Malton Wheelers to make a group of 15 cyclists. The team had been training all winter with long rides on the road as well as indoor sessions on the turbo trainer.

Paul Schofield commented that the training was harder than the ride itself.

Group main sponsor was McClarrons Ltd, Malton based insurance brokers.

A team of supporters kept them going with hot drinks, hot pasta meals, as well as the traditional bananas, cakes and malt loaf that cyclists eat for fuel.

The four riders helped to raise £3,000 for Ryedale Special Families, a children’s charity in Malton.

There was success for members of Richardson’s CC at the fourth round of the regional Nutcracker MTB race series.

Held at Parkwood Springs right in the heart of Sheffield the massed start race used a 4.8kilometre loop, a fast paced technical circuit.

Fraser Clacherty continued his winning ways to come first in the Youth event by two seconds after three laps. Clacherty is preparing for a tilt at the national title later this month.

Stephen Hopper, riding in the Masters category, had to complete six laps, he enjoyed himself and came in eighth place out of 20 riders.

Juan Jose Rodriguez came fourth in the expert category race.

Rob Powell completed five laps in the race for Veterans, Rob 11th out of 31 riders.

Martin Allanson and Dan Joyce also competed in this category, they took 22nd and 23rd places.

In the Fun category Stuart Jackson came second after three laps well ahead of third-placed rider.

Young Cavan Walker had to ride the same circuit as the adults, his age group had to complete two laps, Cavan managed 13th place out of 17 riders, Cavan can race in this category again next year.