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Kibworth Velo Club News

The spring weather has been kind to us and we have managed lots of social rides out to various cafes across the county - cyclists never tire of coffee and cake!
The good weather has seen our numbers swell with a number of new and returning riders joining. We cater for all different shapes, sizes and abilities and it is refreshing to see so many people benefitting from cycling. We have also got new summer kit to complement our existing stock. You may see us in our brand new ‘Le Col’ black and red shirt which has been kindly sorted by Fraser Law, so watch out for us around the villages!

We have also launched the Kibworth Ladies Velo Club via our Facebook page. A number of femail cyclists enquired about riding together and details of their organised rides are shown on that page. These tend to be c10-15 miles in distance, at a gentle pace, and include a café stop. These are ideal if you want to get into cycling and want to make new friends. Sarah Poli is co-ordinating with Fraser Law and others, as many wives and girlfriends are keen to participate.

Our summer social calendar kicks off with another ‘Moon Ride’ organised by Keith Low. This will be a night ride starting at Boboli, a great way to experience the countryside and it really does awaken the senses! We also have our Thursday evening Club Ride which starts at 6pm from Meadowbrook Garage. Often run as two groups to accommodate different abilities, this is a 90 minute ride which always ends for a drink with Lino and Sarah at Boboli. On Saturday mornings we do a ‘Chat & Pedal’ café ride with a Summer Social ride on a Sunday morning - there really is something for everyone.

Finally a special mention to Simon O’Donnell, who spent the winter and early spring preparing for the Majorca 312 sportive. Widely regarded as one of the toughest cycling events in Europe, it’s a 192 mile ride round the island with c15,000ft of climbing. Anyone who has been on holiday there will no doubt have seen lots of cyclists are it is a great place to ride albeit very hilly. Simon trained very hard, riding long distances in the poor UK weather but that proved worthwhile as he completed in 12hrs 30mins. A fabulous effort! Google ‘Majorca 312’ and you will see just how tough this event is. Well done Simon!                                   

Chris Pople
Issue 412
May 2019


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