Gainsborough cyclists brave the rain for Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance ride as National Bike Week gets rolling

Riders at the start of Gainsborough's National Bike Week Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance Ride departing from The Hill Top Social Club Pub.
Riders at the start of Gainsborough's National Bike Week Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance Ride departing from The Hill Top Social Club Pub.

Local cyclists braved the weekend rain to raise money and awareness for Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance.

The event was part of National Bike Week, arranged by Gainsborough Aegir Cycling Club, CTC and Gainsborough Cycles.

The 30 mile route was very popular with most of those taking part, while one rider chose 10 miles.

Gainsborough’s Town Mayor started the ride off from The Hill Top Social Club.

Event organiser Trevor Halstead said: “It was an enjoyable ride through some of Lincolnshire’s finest countryside, the country lanes were full of flora and wild life.

“Myself and Daniel Nicholson would like to thank all the riders and marshals who made the event such a huge success.

“Also thank you to The Hill Top Social Club Pub for the ride HQ.”

The ride was followed by a Pedalling Picnic, with riders meeting at Richmond Park in Gainsborough.

The group had a visit from Roger Patterson, vice chairman of West Lindsey District Council.

Halstead added: “In the pleasant surroundings of the park there was time to enjoy a teatime picnic and talk about many cycling topics.

“Thank you to Gainsborough Town Council for the use of Richmond Park.”

On the competitive scene, Gainsborough Aegir Cycling Club’s Wednesday evening time trial was held over a 15 mile course.

On a cool evening with a north easterly wind there were some good times recorded, Matt Hindmarsh from Dinnington Racing Club in particular putting in a fine performance.

The course was out to Laughton then to Susworth returning alongside the River Trent finishing on Laughton Lane.

Results: 1st Matt Hindmarsh 33 minutes 29 seconds (Dinnington Racing Club), 2nd Aaron Watson 40 minutes 06 seconds (Viking Velo), 3rd Matt Fieldson 41 minutes 52 seconds (Viking Velo), 4th Trevor Halstead 42 minutes 53 seconds (Gainsborough Aegir Cycling Club), 5th Pete Hanks 44 minutes 29 seconds (Gainsborough Aegir Cycling Club).

Aegir stalwart Halstead rode his club’s 50 mile time trial, which also formed part of the LRRA 50 event.

In exceptionally wet conditions Halstead completed the race in a personal best time of 2:35:38, knocking over two minutes off his 50 time and gaining LRRA second handicap.