King’s Lynn Cycling Club’s annual Reliability Ride took place on Sunday from Alive Leisure Lynnsport in Lynn as their headquarters for the event.
With this ride also falling on the anniversary of the club’s 85th year, there was an excellent turnout of 59 riders of all ages and abilities.
The weather was somewhat challenging with gusty conditions on a mainly cloudy but dry day but this didn’t deter them from rising to the challenge to get back to HQ in a designated time zone.
Club members, other riders from many visiting clubs, and juniors all took up the challenge to ride either a 50k or a 100k route in speed-determined groups, thereby testing their cycling fitness coming out of the winter season.
Lynn Go Ride member Bethany Barnett, aged 12, competed alongside her father Ray on the 50k route in the time zone designated.
She commented: “Going from Great Massingham the wind was behind us and it felt like we were flying, we were going so fast. As we turned the corner though, a strong headwind started and it became much more difficult, but it was a good challenge.
“I was very relieved and proud of myself when we got back to Lynnsport.”
Also, 10 year-old Johnny Appleby (junior), visiting from Spalding and who rides for Essex based API-Metrow/Bodyby JR team, completed his first ever 100k distance on his own road bike alongside his father, also named Johnny.
Johnny junior commented: “I wanted to do this event ever since Dad told me about it. Dad had said about doing the short 50k but I had already ridden that distance so I wanted to ride the 100k. I’ve completed that now so I will try a longer ride in the summer.”
KLCC wishes to thank all who attended to make this event a success; and also a big thank-you to all helpers who turned up early in the morning and assisted by signing riders on and then off their rides.
More information on the club’s 85th year celebrations will follow as the year progresses and the racing and riding season starts. See www.kingslynncyclingclub.co.uk for details.