Cyclists up for Alpine Challenge
More than 150 cyclists took part in the Cornish Alpine Cycle Challenge on Sunday, organised by the Rotary Club of St Austell Bay. Photo Paul Williams
7th July 2021
By Natasha Swift
More than 150 cyclists took part in the Cornish Alpine Cycle Challenge on Sunday.
Organised by the Rotary Club of St Austell Bay, the challenging 25-mile sportive course crossed the heart of the “Cornish Alps” near its high- est point at Hensbarrow, with views from coast to coast.
Some entrants opted for an alternative 12-mile route.
Mayor of St Austell, Richard Pears, declared the start of the race at 9am from Priory Car Park and the cyclists were sent off in staggered groups.
Despite a rainy start, the weather soon cleared and entrants were able to enjoy the varied terrain and expansive views.
The Merlin MS Centre in Hewas Water is the major beneficiary from the entrance fees and the club will also support other local charities.
Rotary President Mike Ward said: “I was delighted to see so many entrants who had enjoyed the event and were enthusiastic to take part again next year, when it is planned to offer the alternative of a 50- mile course.”
The club would like to thank the sponsors of the event, Amped E-motion Cycles, Andrew Toms, Cornwall Training, Cranked Bikes, CTC Medical Services, Devon and Cornwall 4x4 Response, Jewson, May Whetter and Grose, Niles Bakery; and particularly Imerys, Eden Project and St Austell Town Council.
For more information about the Rotary Club of St Austell Bay contact Mike Ward on 07742 607567.