The Pete Hinchliffe memorial ride is held in memory of a young cyclist who sadly passed in 2010 – you can read his story here. The ride is organised by Dinnington RC and takes place annually, and a few of us from NCC turned up to show our support.
It was a very cold morning and there were around 120 or so riders, mostly from Yorkshire I think (although afterwards I did speak to a lady from Seamons RC who I recognised from the Kilton). After a short speech by his friend, there was a round of applause in memory of Pete before the ride departed, all respendent in our yellow “In memory” wristbands.
It was a very flat course and so the pace was pretty frantic. The motorcycle outrider did a great job of marshalling the peloton and traffic although there were the odd incidents of road rage by annoyed drivers.
I don’t really enjoy riding in large groups but it was good to ride with old mates from the club, although we did get split from time to time (Nick racing off with the fast moving peloton). The roads were okay but very, very dirty. It was, overall, a great workout.
At the end of the ride there was an amazing spread put on by friends and family which was very welcome after the cold conditions.
I’d say the ride was a credit to the people organising it – and it seems a very fitting tribute.
Ride stats : 51.2M in 2hrs 46m at 18.5mph average. 838ft of ascent, 1937kcals used, average HR 137bpm.