Cycling 100 miles, 100 km or even 50 km might seem like a daunting and perhaps unachievable task to some, but on Sunday 31st July a record number of cyclists headed off to complete our annual Cycle Challenge.
Setting off from Warwick Myton Hospice, 427 cyclists completed their chosen route around Warwickshire and the North Cotswolds to raise money for Myton. For the first time, we offered cyclists the opportunity to take on a gruelling Century Ride which involved tackling demanding terrain and climbing more than 6,000 feet.
This year’s event also featured the renowned Hill Climb Challenge where the quickest male, female and team to reach the top of Saintbury hill were crowned King and Queen of the Mytons 2016. All winners were presented with a trophy and this year’s King and Queen also received a unique polka dot jersey.
Among the hundreds of cyclists taking part in the Cycle Challenge was 12-year-old Charlie Clements from Kenilworth. Charlie was the youngest person to compete in this year’s Cycle Challenge, taking on the 100km route with his dad, Steve, in memory of his grandad, Chris Jones. The date of this year’s Cycle Challenge was also significant for Charlie and his family because it is the date Chris sadly died 13 years ago.
Although Charlie never had the chance to meet his grandad, he was aware of the excellent care and support his family received from Myton and therefore wanted to raise money for the local charity. If completing the 100km route wasn’t impressive enough, Charlie also managed to raise an incredible £545 for Myton thanks to donations made by friends and family!
On return to Warwick Myton Hospice, cyclists received a medal for their estimable achievements as well as a complementary burger courtesy of Crowe and Son Butchers and a massage from local therapists Fire and Earth Sports Massage and Holistic Therapy.
We are delighted to announce that the Cycle Challenge has raised £27,351.94 so far, with donations still coming in.
Myton would like to thank Western Power Distribution for their continued support by sponsoring this year’s Cycle Challenge as well as Mike Vaughan Cycle in Kenilworth who provided technical support throughout the event and kindly donated a Trek 1.1 bike for a free prize draw. We would also like to thank Crowe and Son butchers, Fire and Earth Sports Massage and Holistic Therapy, Simon Coates for taking photos throughout the event and all the wonderful volunteers who gave up their time to support this year’s Cycle Challenge.
Photos and Race Times
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A huge thank you to the official Sponsor of this Cycle Challenge Western Power Distribution
Also, a special thank you to Mike Vaughan Cycles who provided this year’s prize of a Trek 1.1 Bike!