With 335 riders registered in advance and another 172 on the day I think we can safely say the Heart of England Bike Riders took on and beat the 30c+ heat on Sunday.
“With entry fees and donations totaling approaching £9,000 we have done better than we possibly hoped for,” said organiser Lion Paul Wheatley. “Our new 50 mile sportive route from Packwood House through Warwickshire through villages as far apart as Coughton, Great Alne, Snitterfield, Hatton and Wroxall proved particularly popular. Now we wait to see how much sponsorship has been raised by our riders for Headway, Breast Cancer Haven & local causes.”
Over half of the riders opted for the shorter 18 & 12 mile rides on the day no doubt a reflection on the hot weather. The Lions offered 4 refreshment stations providing water to the 3 routes, and riders were sensible bringing plenty of water with them and topping up on every opportunity and after the rides they were able to enjoy burgers from Lyons BBQ & free entry to the House and Gardens at Packwood, to round off a great day out.
There are a great selection of images of cyclists taken by Mike Adams, here are just a few, visit his website – see if you can find yourself and perhaps buy it for posterity:
Here are a selection of images taken on the day:
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