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  • Charity ride pushes cyclists to the limit

    Danielle Thompson

    A TEAM of cyclists have raised more than £6,000 for a charity after cycling 200 miles from Ainsdale to North Wales – and back!

    Ainsdale Cycling Club this year decided to turn its annual ride into a fundraiser for Liverpool specialist palliative care facility Woodlands Hospice and CLIC Sargent, a national charity which supports teenagers with cancer and their families.

    Originally worked out at 180 miles, the ride, supported by Evergreen Tyres and Elite Group, ended up as a 200-mile trip, where the club smashed its target of raising £2,000 for each charity. This proved comforting as the team struggled through gale-force winds, driving rain and blazing sunshine to reach the popular beauty spot of Betws-y-Coed in Snowdonia, before turning around and doing it all again on the way back to Ainsdale! They have raised a total of £6,435 so far.

    Team member Gareth McIntegart said: “It was a challenging ride and pretty horrendous headwinds hit us in the first 30-40 miles. The gusts eventually eased off but they returned from time-to-time, even after the sunshine finally arrived as we crossed over the River Dee into North Wales.

    “We stuck at it though. We had a fantastic team spirit and were strengthened by just how much support and goodwill we had received. The final two miles, of what ended up being a 105 mile day, saw us grind our way up a steep ascent to the hotel which pushed many of us to the limit!”

    Day two saw the heavens open on the intrepid riders as they bid to return home to Ainsdale.

    Gareth added: “The 95 mile return leg started with lashing rain. It relented after an hour or so and with the wind on our backs, we managed to make speedy progress.

    “A number of mechanical mishaps occurred along the way, including broken chains and routine punctures, but that didn’t dampen our spirits. Again, as the day wore on, the sun came out just in time for our arrival back in Ainsdale at 6pm!”

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