With the weather improving and more cycling sportives on the agenda it was great to see OTCC represented at The Fred Whitton Challenge, The Oxfordshire Classic, Bike Oxford and Majorca 312.

Harriett Woollard, Clare Harris, Roy Jones, Jo Edwards and Jason Atkins took to the challenge of the legendary Fred Whitton in the Lake District. The weather was exceptionally kind, but the hills were relentless! It was an awesome achievement by all.

Several of our club family, including Chris Dowsett, Dee Hembury-Eaton and Ali Fairley, took part in The Oxfordshire Classic tackling the 100 mile routes. The weather was beautiful, it proved an enjoyable way of seeing the wonderful Oxfordshire countryside. The route was very well signposted making it easy to enjoy the ride.  Disappointingly, the ride was not well attended with only 300+ riders taking part, however, it did not spoil a wonderful day of cycling with friends.

The week after The Oxfordshire Classic Dee Hembury-Eaton, Mick Chambers, Chris Chambers and James Greenham took part in Bike Oxford 80 mile route. The weather was very warm – if anything a little too warm, the scenery was stunning & the route described as ‘quite hilly’. Dee was doing both the Oxfordshire Classic and Bike Oxford was part of her preparation for a 200 mile bike ride at the end of September.

Massive congratulations to Ella Nixon, Jo Edwards, Gary Nixon, Barry Lloyd and Jason Atkins who took part in Majorca 312. Lovely smooth tarmac roads with very few potholes for Jason to fall into or to face plant! The views were stunning and the hills were certainly to be remembered. What a way to conquer your first century ride Ella.

Congratulations and well done to all the riders on completing these challenges.  It is good to see how we, as a club, can make a difference to people’s lives doing something we all love.

If you fancy being part of this success, then please come and join us on a club ride, all riders are welcome. The rides depart from the Behind Bars shop in Abingdon at 07:00 on Saturday and 08:30 on Sunday.