Cyclists set out in their hundreds from the Lifeboat Station in the shadow of Hastings Castle on a massive sponsored ride organised annually by St. Leonards Rotary Club. The destination was Pevensey Castle for those attempting the 25 mile return trip of Hurstmonceaux Castle for the more adventurous (or foolish) who decided they wanted a 40 mile round journey through some of the most beautiful countryside in East Sussex.
Despite grim weather forecasts, which may well have kept some riders at home, it turned out to be a glorious spring day and riders enjoyed the sun on their backs for most of the morning.
The Rye & District Wheelers had a group of nine riders completing the 40 mile trip and reported that the conditions were perfect for cycling. They rode off to the ‘Cafe by the Coast’ in George Street and enjoyed a ‘Breakfast Special’ before making their way back to Rye. The Hastings Cycling Club also had members riding the event.
Some riders were sponsored for hundreds of pounds while others just made their contribution through the entry Rotary Club President Terry Saunders presented every finisher with a medal to commemorate their achievement. The Pevensey Castle Check point and feeding station. Manned by some of the many volunteers who made the day run smoothly for the riders.
“Hastings Town” June 2008
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