Cyclists from across the region had a super day at our Derbados 5 parks challenge in Derby which raised vital money for our funds.
Cycle Derby reported 150 people of all ages taking part. The sun came out and everyone is to be congratulated for staying the 11-mile course. The free Derbados T-Shirts were a great hit.
A lot of participants spoke of how the route took them along some beautiful parts of our city.
There were lots of helpful comments from parents, children and committed club cyclists about the event and the Derbyshire Institute of Sport has vowed to make it a yearly event – and attract even more people.
The most heart-warming words came from some of the riders with disabilities who brought their own wheels or tried out the inclusive bikes from Cycle Derby. Cycling makes such a difference to their lives
Derbyshire’s Institute of Sport’s managing director Chloe Maudsley said: “We had a lot of positive feedback and everyone enjoyed themselves. Having the route marked out so clearly was a big plus, thanks to Cycle Derby. We learned a lot about staging a cycling event and are determined to make it even better next year.
“Cycle Derby is a fantastic organisation for the city and for the team to offer the chance to try out different bikes was fabulous.
“The money raised will go towards helping our young athletes who train with us.”
Cycle Derby’s Mark Smith said: “Cycle Derby was delighted to support our partners DIS by hosting the 5 parks ride.
“The ride, which linked key city parks, was a great success and meant families of all ages and abilities were able to experience the physical and mental benefits plus the freedoms cycling brings.
“Many families came down to Markeaton Park to try out our fleet of over40 inclusive bikes and were delighted to discover more about the cycling options we can offer for adults and kids with physical and mental disabilities.
“It was a great event and we look forward to working with DIS again in the future.”
The money collected goes towards our vital coaching services for young athletes, plus nutrition and psychology advice.
We had some great support and if you want to see a fun video and see how the intrepid teams from South Normanton Cycling Club Steadies tackled the course, copy the YouTube link into your browser: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zqtih0qoqs0
Photo by kind permission of Bruce Clark