The Ride for Michael returns Sunday October 4th 2015. There will be 2 route options, 60 & 30 miles and all proceeds will be donated to the Michael Bonney Fund and Epic Kidz charity, who support children’s sports groups within the North West.
On March 3rd 2013, while taking part in his local Eden Valley sportive, Michael Bonney fell off his bike, just like we all do. Only this time, instead of jumping up and laughing it off, Michael suffered a life changing injury. Attended to by doctors at the scene of the accident, he was then flown by air ambulance to a specialist unit where he was diagnosed with a severed spinal cord at the C3 vertebrae. The result is that Michael is now tetraplegic – paralysed from the neck down, requiring a ventilator to breath.
Come along and support the event, it’s a great day of cycling in the Eden Valley and the opportunity to support 2 great causes. To read more and to enter CLICK HERE.
We’re 2 weeks out from this year’s Bolton Bash Sportive, Sunday September 2oth. This year we’ll have free event photos for all participants, courtesy of our partnership with local solicitors Russell & Russell. You’ll be able to download your photos following the event, read about Russell and Russell below.
As the Bolton Bash is just around the corner, we thought we’d let you know that this year’s event is being sponsored by Russell & Russell Solicitors. With its head office in Bolton, the firm has been providing legal advice since 1887 so it’s a partnership with a local relevance for the Cycle Sportive.
As a cyclist you’ll appreciate you’re one of the most vulnerable road users and if you find yourself involved in a road traffic accident, the consequences could be far reaching. Russell and Russell can advise whether you’re eligible to make a claim for compensation to help you on the road to recovery and to cover the cost of any damage to your bike and, more importantly, you. The firm operates on a no win no fee basis and deals with minor incidents to life changing injuries.
This was the second time me and my team mate Lorraine had entered this event, although last time we did it, it had been at Myerscough so obviously a big change. We came to watch it last year and saw how tough it was, but you know how time dulls those memories!!
Anyway fast forward to just after Christmas with a quiet night ahead, an hour later I’d entered Lorraine and myself for it. Then I thought I’d better confess- she took it well and we forgot about it for a while. We are very local to the area and so know the route, plus we know how hard they like to make these events (Marc Laithwaite that’s you) so no excuses for us not being prepared.
We even had a day of reccying the route and a couple of practice cycles around it. We had watched Parbold the week before, so were praying for nicer conditions than the rain they had. The prayers paid off and the day dawned, well cloudy, but at least not wet as some of those descents needed dry roads that’s for sure.
We got our mountain load of kit out of the car, and along with our bikes trundled to the registration and transition area. It was well organised so we had our bikes sorted quickly. The what to wear question loomed again so we faffed again for a while. Anyway we finally made decisions and went to the start area for the race briefing. A great part of these events are the number of people you know, the friendliness as well of the ones you don’t. Some slightly nervous people in the crowd of starters including us. We went off in the third wave right at the back…..
The first run was tough but we kept it steady and passed quite a few up the hills(thanks to our trail running training). We were massively impressed by the visually impaired runner/guide. Very inspirational. Got to the top of the incline of the first run and then set off down to the end of the first lap via the tooth rattling cobbled section.
Into transition, collect bikes and add clothes ready for the bike leg. Obviously I’d also swopped my legs for someone else’s, as they felt really heavy at first and I found Belmont much more difficult than normal. Fortunately it being a team event gives you the added motivation to keep going. We were steady on the bike and when we reached the dreaded Anglezarke climb I felt better than I did at the start and enjoyed the bike leg. Anyway we were still glad to get back into transition. I have to say there were some choice swear words up those hills and amazement that anyone could manage to fit so many into a bike loop of a duathlon!!!! It’s a skill that’s for sure (written with heavy sarcasm…)
Back to transition and the second run, again another leg swop had happened and it took some will power to keep them going till normal service resumed. It resumed and we felt good for most of the second run. It was great to see the finish and felt good as soon as we crossed the line.
Even though it’s really tough I enjoyed having taken part, the organisation was great, the support near transition was brilliant, and the camaraderie between most teams was very enjoyable.
We’ve already talked about it for next year, think that was mostly delirium but we would recommend anyone who’s pretty fit and tough to have a go as you get a great sense of achievement having done it.
Thanks to everyone at Epic Events and the Endurance store
Amanda Walsh/Lorraine Thompson
The Lakeland Loop Cycle Sportive
Sunday April 26th
One of the original North West classics. The Lakeland Loop starts from the stunning surroundings of Great Langdale and tackles the mighty Hardknott and Wrynose passes. It’s a challenging day out on a bike for any rider.
Don’t miss out, CLICK HERE to join us.
EPIC EVENTS Strava Club
Join the EPIC EVENTS Strava Club. It’s free to register and we’ll be running competitions at all our events in 2015. We’ll also be running special competitions throughout the year, with prizes up for grabs.
The Eden Valley Epic Cycle Sportive
Sunday March 22nd
Classic loop of the Eden Valley. Starting in Penrith with a food stop at Appleby, the roads are quiet and rolling, without any significant climbs found in central Lake District. The Eden Valley is a hidden gem for cyclists and this is a spring classic.
Don’t miss out, CLICK HERE to join us.
Clitheroe Triathlon, Sunday April 19th
400m Swim – 30k Cycle – 7k Run
Clitheroe Triathlon has been a North West event for many years and caters for novices through to elite competitors.The swim is the easy bit and the fun begins on the bike. The 30k route is ‘undulating’ with Jeffrey Hill providing the steepest and stiffest challenge of the day. The run is a 2 lap cross country course, so be prepared for a bit of mud on the route.
It’s a great way to start the year and the perfect ‘leg tester’ before the serious summer racing begins!!
Ulverston Triathlon, Sunday April 5th
400m Swim – 28k Cycle – 5.8k Run
Ulverston Pool Sprint Triathlon is our ‘INSPIRE TO TRI’ event for 2015. We want to see the biggest number of novices at the event and we want you to introduce someone to the sport of triathlon.
We all know someone who hasn’t taken the first step yet, so it’s your job to encourage them, advise them and support them on the day!!
There’s also a free Tri Kidz aquathlon event, for children. Why not ‘Inspire to Tri’ and bring along your kids, bring a novice and let’s see how many we can introduce to the sport!
There’s 500m, 3.8k and 1 mile options. Come along and join us for a great day out and Coniston.
CLICK HERE for more information and to enter
On Sunday July 13th, in Jenkins Field Glenridding, the annual EPIC Lakes Swim ‘Royal Ullswater’ will take place. Once more, open water swimmers will rule the waves and Union Jacks will fly high. Traditionally our most popular EPIC Swim, there’s an option of 500m / 1 mile / 3.8k courses. Bring your family, picnic on Jenkins Field and enjoy an EPIC day out.
If you would like to know what to expect on Sunday July 13th, watch the video below:
Come and join us for a great day out, to read more and to enter the event CLICK HERE NOW