Largest ever field for the Wantage to Winchester Cycle Ride 2015

datePosted on 21:42, July 21st, 2015
W2W end

Welcome at the King Alfred statue

Sunday morning 19th July saw the largest ever number of cyclists leaving the King Alfred statue in Wantage following a warm send off by the Mayor, Cllr St John Dickson, and a loud “Oyez! Oyez!”, and ring of his bell by the Town Crier.

The riders enjoyed the dry and sunny conditions, though were less pleased with the strong head winds, as they made their way first west, then south along the excellent route through the beautiful countryside of rural Oxfordshire, Berkshire and Hampshire, before entering Winchester from Kings Worthy via Hyde.

Riders were welcomed to the finish at Winchester’s Alfred statue in the Broadway by the Mayor, Cllr Angela Clear, before enjoying the hospitality of the Winchester Bike Hub and YMCA cafe as hosts for the finish.

The Wantage to Winchester Cycle Ride is organised annually by Hyde900, and commemorates King Alfred the Great (849-899) who was born in Wantage, and died and was buried in Winchester, finally in Hyde Abbey.

Hyde900 Chair Steve Marper was one of the riders and said “We are very pleased with the increased number of riders this year, many from the Wantage area following the promotional work by our fellow organisers at that end, who I must also thank most warmly for making all the practical arrangements for the start and first half of the ride. We are also very pleased to have worked at the Winchester end with Heather of Bespoke Biking and the Bike Hub. We hope to develop this connection for the future.”

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