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Arthur Metcalfe Memorial Cycle Ride in Easingwold – the best year yet!

Last Sunday was a special day for many cyclists in the North East of England. They converged on Easingwold in their hundreds expecting a great day out on their bikes a number on various routes taking in our lovely countryside – and all to raise money for the MacMillian Cancer Relief charity and organised by the Rotary and Cycling clubs in Hartlepool.  This year’s event was supported by Easingwold Tourist Information to try and help our town get extra publicity in the cycling world. More people wanting to stay in our area to cycle means extra business for accommodation providers, shops and places to eat of course – all very welcome and without the problem of too much extra traffic! After a great day out, we hope that they will decide to come back for more and stay a little bit longer next time! In addition of course it all raises money for a very worthwhile charity – the Macmillan Cancer relief nurses.We are also hoping now to help extend and expand this event to hopefully soon make it one of the top cycling events in the north of England! What a great opportunity to put Easingwold on the map!The Ride itself is a few years old now and is in memory of Arthur Metcalfe – one of Britain’s most famous cyclists. A Milk race winner and a rider in the Tour de France no less, he was a member of the Hartlepool club until his tragic death from cancer about 5 years ago. This year the organisers set out 4 routes of 12, 25, 50n and 75 miles to encourage both seasoned and active cyclists and also make it a family event to encourage parents and children to start enjoying a family day out in the countryside.In the event, the weather was just right, bright and warm but not too hot or windy. Over 200 riders turned up and took part (a sizable increase on last year’s 150!) and so far over £3,000 has been collected – a fantastic achievement!Some facts and figures from the day:12 miles 7 riders took part25 miles 39 enjoyed themselves50 miles 60 pushed themselves that bit further75 miles 126 riders had a great time on the road and surpassed themselves - the first ones back did the route in under 4 hours!One 11-year-old doing the 75 mile ride (oh yes he did!) held on to the leaders till 7 or 8 miles to go!Another youth did the 75 mile route for his fourth ever ride!What a good job the weather didn’t change a day early!We will be presenting the cheque to Macmillan as soon as all the money is in – this will be in Easingwold in the Galtres Centre who were so helpful on the day.For those who missed all of the fun, we will help the Hartlepool Team organise the event next year at about the same time of year (watch for details in the Advertiser and in the Tourist Information Centre.)


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