Please watch the video of the day’s events below!
Last Sunday, the 20 May 2018, I moseyed along to Park Walk in my home town of Shaftesbury in North Dorset at about 8 o’clock in the morning to see what was occurring.
It was shaping up to be a lovely day and the everywhere was lush and green and the views just fabulous.
But that day Park Walk was also home to the start of the North Dorset Cycle Ride, an annual event which is so well organised and run by the Shaftesbury Rotary Club.
There are three routes of a 12 mile family ride, a more adventurous 25 mile ride and a 50 mile ride for the more insane amongst us!
Here you can see the riders already queuing up at the bar ……. no, sorry they’re queueing up at the registration tent next door.
Now to the start, which is nearer the eastern end of Park Walk by the Abbey and this is the view a rider has just before the off, not forgetting to turn right at the War memorial onto Abbey Walk of course.
But where will the riders end up? All routes finish with a short climb up the steep cobbles of Gold Hill. After a ride through North Dorset this is the lung-bursting task that awaits them – the final test and as you will see those taking part will get to the top whatever it takes.
The riders no doubt will be concentrating so hard on getting to the top that they won’t be able to appreciate the architecture of views on offer.
And while they struggle up Gold Hill the rest of us will wait in comfort to greet them and applaud their bravery.
Now back to the start. The riders are lining up ready to be set off in waves with the Mayor of Shaftesbury, Piers Brown operating the hooter.
Now back to the finish, where we waited for the first riders to return from their circuitous tour of North Dorset.
As you can see some made it look easy, while others showed true grit and determination.
A great day was had by all and our thanks should go to Shaftesbury Rotary. I’ll now let the Shaftesbury Silver Band play us out.