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Cycling Group ride to Newark

The group meets for a weekly ride every Wednesday at 9.00 am at Hucknall Leisure Centre.

In October some of the group took part in a two-day ride to Newark on Friday 19th and back on Saturday 20th, with an overnight stay, when we had the opportunity to follow some of Newark’s heritage trail. We used two different routes planned and navigated by John Saunders using Sustrans cycle routes where possible only using short sections of busy roads as links.

Our crack technical team of John Gibson and Jim Spray were not called upon as fortunately we were puncture free all the way.

The photograph shows the smiling faces before we left for the hillier route back on Saturday.

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2018 Cycle Live – Nottingham

Following some weeks of extra training under the watchful eye of route master, John Saunders, the day finally arrived, 24th June 2018, for the annual event the ‘Easy Wheelers’ had been waiting for – the 50-mile bike ride for Nottingham Cycle Live.

Making our way to Trent Embankment for a 9.00am start, we set off in groups but I could not start with the main group so I left in the next starting batch. However, the others waited for me on the embankment and we all set off together. It was like that all the way, we all looked out for each other so that no-one was left (too far) behind.

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Thousands of people have taken part in Cycle Live Nottingham. Starting and finishing at the Victoria Embankment

There were three feeding stations, facilities for a rest and something to eat. The last station was at Langer and we all knew this meant only fifteen miles to go and, on reaching Radcliffe on Trent, only another four miles left. We stayed together near the finishing line so that we all finished at the same time. We did extremely well surviving the heat with no punctures, broken bones, or incidents.

I must congratulate David Rose who completed the 75-mile route even though he had a knee injury (and he is hoping that others may join him next year).

Well done to my fellow bike riders. I was sponsored for The British Heart Foundation and take this opportunity to thank everyone who donated £61.00 from the U3A and £227.50 in total.

Irene Astill

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Cyclists meet recumbent tricyclist!

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Easy Wheelers’ Coffee Stop

After a long ride, a well-earned coffee stop at Wollaton Park

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Cycle Live – Great Notts Bike Ride

Cycle Live will take place on Sunday, 24 June, 2018 at Victoria Embankment, Nottingham and is an event that several Hucknall U3A cyclists have entered for the fourth consecutive year. Also known as the Great Notts Bike Ride, we have members entered for both the The Friar Tuck (50 miles) and The Maid Marian (75 miles).

Many of the 4000+ riders, as well as riding for the challenge, also raise money through sponsorship for a charity. Irene Astill, our joint group leader, is hoping to raise some for The British Heart Foundation. We will report back at the July 11th monthly meeting.

Here is a reminder of the team approaching the finishing line in 2017.

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