04, 05 and 06 May 2019 saw the AC Velo boys back on their bikes when 16 of them took on the 170-mile Way of the Roses, Coast to Coast challenge.
Team organiser Harry Flint was joined by: –
Nick Flint / Steve Craddock / Graham Adams / Haidyn Adams / Bev Johncock / Tom Kirkham / Richard Clapp / Gary Plant / Luke Beasley / Mark Conway / Shaun Bowler / Dean Findell / Alan Kirkham / Robert Brettell and Ken Boyden
The support vehicle was ably maned by Ollie Miller, stopping on route for well needed refreshments breaks.
With a starting point on the south stone jetty on the sea front at Morecambe, the route took in Lancaster, Clapham, Austwick, Settle, Cracoe, Pateley Bridge, Ripon, Boroughbridge, York, Pocklington, Hutton Cranswick and Driffield with a finishing point 170miles later on the north side of Bridlington Bay.
Graham and Haidyn were comfortably the stand out riders and led the team from day one. Often stopping to ensure the team took the correct route and then over taking to lead the way again.
The notorious Settle Hill was one of the biggest obstacles and only Graham, Haidyn and Bev managed the climb up with their feet on the peddles. For the rest, walking and pushing was required.
The first day overall proved to be the most challenging 1) due to the wind 2) due to the hills 3) due to the amount of beer consumed the night before setting off. Luckily, although the consumption of evening alcohol did not diminish, the hills did over the next 2 days.
The whole AC Velo team finished as one on the last day and certain people (who shall remain nameless) celebrated with a 4am skinny dip in the North Sea. Air Sea Rescue services were not required on this occasion.
At time of print the AC Velo team have raised £2531.25 for our chosen company charity, Rainbows hospice for children and young people.
Thanks to everyone for their support and if you would like to donate please see our just giving page https://www.justgiving.com/Wayoftheroses-ACV