SNCC Autumn Breeze 2018, Review

FinishersBreeze 1Breeze 3This year’s SNCC Sportive saw over 150 riders take to the quiet, scenic backroads of Bedfordshire and Cambridgeshire over 3 different routes (100 miles, 100 km and 30 miles) in the glorious October sunshine.  Thankfully, there were no incidents or accidents and everyone came back smiling, with many having achieved specific goals, such as their first Sportive or first 100-miler – well done to all.

That said, we were well prepared for issues, with local bike shop, Broken Spoke, at the start to provide last minute tweaks to bikes, our Ride Angels sweeping the route to assist tailenders and a broom wagon to help in the event of complete mechanical or human breakdown.  Thankfully, these services weren’t required, but it’s good to know they were there.

Our legendary feed stations were well stocked, as always, to provide the necessary nutritional boosts on route.  One rider joked that ours is the only Sportive where there’s a risk of finishing the ride heavier than you started!

Breeze 4Breeze 2This year, we were pleased to be supporting two great charities, the Neurofoundation and the Anthony Nolan trust, donating £500 to both from the proceeds. 

Of course, an event like this doesn’t just “happen” and a number of club members and their partners put a huge amount of effort into making the event the success it was.  I’m not going to attempt to name them all, but a massive THANK YOU to all who: planned the routes; did the risk assessments; promoted the event; produced the posters; put the signs up (and took them down); manned HQ; donated food and/or manned the feed stations; kept everyone informed; and, most importantly of all, attended the event with a big happy smile.  The great feedback (at the bottom of the page) suggests we got a lot of things right.

We’ll be back again at the same time next year, so hope to see you then.  If you fancy a similar event to kick start your 2019 cycling season, SNCC and Titan Motorsport will be hosting their annual Reliability Ride on 24 February 2019 – same great organisation and awesome feed stations.

Until next time, we wish you an enjoyable and safe winter’s riding.

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Download the results 2018 here

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2018 Sportive – Sunday 7 October 2018

Cunningly placed towards the end of the cycling season to give a final challenge before the winter bike comes into play, the SNCC Sportive is back for another year.

This year’s Sportive offers options of 100 mile, 100 km and 30 mile routes – so there’s something for riders of all abilities.  The SNCC Sportives are famed for their well-stocked feed stations, with a mixture of sweet and savoury treats to keep the hungry cyclist going.  This year, we have 2 feed stations, at Catworth Football Club and Wilden Village Hall.

Enter online at British cycling

Route information below:

Distance Routes Feed Stations

Miles

km

Ride with GPS Garmin

Catworth

Wilden

100

162

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40 miles

66 miles

62

100

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27 miles

30

49

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 NA

20 miles

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Registration, at St Neots One Leisure, will commence at 7:30 am with the first riders away at 8:00 am.

The routes will be fully signed with support on the road from St Neots Cycling Club’s “Ride Angels” to assist those in need.

If anyone is unfortunate enough to break down completely, a broom wagon will be in operation to ferry bikes and riders to the finish.

This year’s Sportive will be supporting two charities close to Club members’ hearts, The Neuro Foundation and the Anthony Nolan Trust – further details below.

Support your Club and enter via the British Cycling website, here: https://www.britishcycling.org.uk/events/details/167475/SNCC-Autumn-Breeze

Entry Fees:

Route

Online

On The Day

100 mile

£20

£25

100 km

£20

£25

30 miles

£12

£15

We look forward to seeing you there.

Event Features

  • Free parking at the Start/Finish HQ (St Neots One Leisure, PE19 2SA)
  • Toilet & shower facilities at HQ
  • Three fully-signed routes on quiet country roads
  • Well stocked feed station on the route (two on the 100 mile route)
  • Beans or cheese on toast at the end of the ride included in entry fee
  • Support from Ride Angels on the road
  • Broom wagon for breakdowns
  • Covered by British Cycling insurance

Please download printable flyer for the event or the banner image

2018 Sportive Charitable Causes

First and foremost, SNCC members like riding their bikes, but they also like supporting charitable causes, especially those that have some significance to cycling, our local communities and individual club members.

Although we hope never to have to use their services, the MAGPAS air ambulance is an obvious choice and they were one of the beneficiaries from February’s Reliability Ride. By coincidence, the air ambulance came to assist a club member who fell on a club run the week before the Reliability Ride – it is very reassuring to know they’ll be there in a flash should you have cause to need them.

The other beneficiary from the Reliability Ride was The 3 Pillars – Feeding the Homeless Trust, a local charity working out of Eaton Socon helping people who live rough and on the poverty line. They provide hot food, hot drinks, warm clothes and other essentials for the most desperate and this seemed very appropriate considering how cold last winter was.

The annual club Sportive, scheduled for 7 October 2018, is planning to support two charities close to Club members’ hearts.

The first is the Anthony Nolan Trust, a cancer charity.

Mark Colmer – who organises the Sunday morning club runs, spinning classes and numerous other Club activities – is well known to most Club members.

In April 2017, a close friend of Mark’s and St Neots resident, who we shall call “D”, was diagnosed with Leukemia Acute myeloid leukaemia (AML). D spent 7 weeks in Addenbrookes undergoing chemotherapy which sent the cancer into remission. This was followed by 2 more 6-week courses of chemo to keep her in remission while a donor was sought.

After 14 weeks, a donor was found in Brasil. D was then admitted for a bone marrow transplant in August 2017 and is thankfully now in remission with good prospects for a full recovery – so this is very much a good news story.

The Anthony Nolan trust was central to D’s treatment and we’d like to recognise their great work by making them a beneficiary from the Sportive. D's husband and son plan to ride and D and her daughter will hopefully be lending a hand at one of the feed stations.

The second beneficiary from this year’s Sportive will be the Neuro Foundation, who support those who suffer from Neurofibromatosis, NF1 for short, a genetic condition which affects mainly the nervous system and skin.

You may have come across local fundraising efforts for The Neuro Foundation under the name Team Emilio – for example the charity bikeathon in the Market Square run by Tony Chin and his wife, Fearn, in April this year.

Emilio is a 9-year old boy in the same class as Tony and Fearn’s son at school. He is a happy, brave little boy who faces everyday life with a smile on his face, despite suffering most of his short life from NF1, and who has inspired friends and family to do whatever they can to help him.

To raise awareness, and funds, for The Neurfoundation,18 members of Team Emilio, including Fearn, ran the London Marathon in 2017. Like many Club members, I’m a terrible runner: one of the reasons I choose to cycle is to avoid the pain and misery brought on by jogging. So imagine running a marathon when you’re not a natural runner – this was exactly the situation Fearn found herself in, but she came through her ordeal smiling in the knowledge that she was helping brave Emilio, and that her suffering was of her own choosing!

Having climbed their mountain in 2017, Fearn and the team decided to repeat the feat, and endure the suffering, again this year in what turned out to be the hottest London marathon on record. So chapeau, Fearn, we at SNCC salute you and would also like to do what we can to help The Neuro Foundation and young Emilio.

For some, the Sportive is a bit of a busman’s holiday – paying £20 to ride similar routes to those that they normally ride on the Sunday Club runs with a similar bunch of people – although the legendary feed stations make a welcome change. This year, I hope you’ll willingly participate – and perhaps even bring a few mates along – in the knowledge that you’re helping these two great causes.