On Sunday 22nd April cold and wet weather conditions prevailed for over 250 cyclists willing to brave the elements to pedal a challenging 100km (64miles) sportive route around Clyde Muirshiel Regional Park raising funds for CLIC Sargent in Scotland.
As the photographs show the day started calm and dry for those up earlier enough to see it, then the rain began just before the start and set in for much of the day. Low cloud made the route all the more challenging with less visibility for the cyclists and those trying to get photographs.
The Food Stop at Clyde Muirshiel’s Greenock Cut Visitor Centre was a welcome break for many from the relentless cold and wet conditions. Lovely cakes and tray bakes, made by Ride 63 members (or their partners!) to support the event were really appreciated by all the cyclists, as was the hot coffee available in the Visitor Centre.
The event started and finished at Clyde Muirshiel’s Castle Semple Visitor Centre, Lochwinnoch where all participants received goodie bags and a Pedal the Park medal for their efforts. Given the weather hot drinks and more cake where the order of the day in the warmth of the Visitor Centre café.
The event was organised by Ride 63 Community Cycling Club in partnership with the Clyde Muirshiel Regional Park, participants were very complementary of their efforts with lots of 5 star comments such as:
“Thanks so much for a great day (weather not withstanding!); everything ran very slickly and the support from staff and volunteers along the route was fantastic – those individuals standing in the rain directing cyclists along the route were absolute heroes! Well done, it was magic.”
“Well done to all who played a part in PTP18, a great event as always, despite the rain this time. Thanks to all the organisers and marshals and the providers of the tray bakes at the feed station… much appreciated.”
“It was a great route despite the wet weather. Job well done :)”
“Jet wash at the end was a welcome reward for the bike”
When doing a Sportive it’s the taking part that is important as it is not a race. Having said that the fasted folk to complete Pedal the Park 2018 did so in around 3 hours 40 minutes, first to be welcomed back was again Andrew Prenelle, from Kilbarchan. Plenty more folk completed the route within four to six hours, however some folk were out for nine hours making for a particularly long day too for the event marshals and organisers.
The well organised friendly event attracted participants from all over Central Scotland as well as Manchester, Derbyshire and Essex, with the events growing positive reputation the planning is already underway for 2019.
Additional news from the event:
Please find below the times for riders from last week’s Pedal the Park Sportive.
These results were posted by riders themselves (or not, as their preference). Apologies if we have misread anyone’s handwriting or missed out a time. These times are published and shared for interest only as the event was a sportive – non competitive.
Well done to all the riders on a very challenging event in very challenging weather!