Entries still open for St Albans charity cycle ride

A photo given by the St Albans Charity Cycle Ride from SACCR 2016.

A photo given by the St Albans Charity Cycle Ride from SACCR 2016. - Credit: Archant

Entries are still open for the St Albans charity cycle ride, being held on Sunday, May 14.

Over 1,000 cyclists will ride out from Oaklands College on the day, on 10, 20, 30, and 40-mile routes.

St Albans mayor Cllr Frances Leonard said: “Take to two wheels and join me on the St Albans Charity Cycle Ride, organised by local rotary clubs.”

The ride is being held in support of three local charities: Home-Start, Youth Talk, and Herts Action on Disability (HAD).

Youth Talk chief executive Trevor Fromant said without the support of the ride, the charity would not be able to retain its current service.

Home-Start strategic manager, Suzy Moody, said: “We are delighted that Home-Start has been chosen as one of the SACCR charities, and are looking forward to entering a team into the event.”

HAD also run their own team in the race, called ‘We’ve HAD it!’

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Paul Buckley, who has cycled the SACCR for HAD for the last five years, said: “My experience of the cycle ride is nothing but positive.

“I particularly enjoy the relaxed, friendly atmosphere and as it’s not a race, it really is an event for everyone.

“Stopping at a few great pubs along the way is an added bonus.”

There are several prizes on offer for those who raise the most for charity.

Sara Davies, who previously won the prize for most money raised by an under-16 participant, said: “The atmosphere surrounding the cycle ride is what I enjoy most.

“I practise with a few long bike rides to get ready for the event.”

66-year-old Philip Pearlman, who previously won the fundraising prize for over-60s, takes his cycling as seriously as his charity work.

He said: “For me the secret is preparedness and training.

“I make certain that I am able to go the distance, four Sundays running before the event, and then I know I can do it on the day.”

Several businesses also run teams in the race, including St Albans law firm Debenhams Ottaway.

Team member Nigel Drake said: “Five of us join the SACCR every year and other colleagues often join us.

“Everybody enjoys the day out and it’s enjoyable raising money for charities at the same time.”

To register for the event, visit www.saccr.co.uk