Bike-Based Charity Event Being Launched

The Islands’ cyclists will have their skills tested with a major bicycle-based charity event at the end of this month.

Scilly Olymbikes is a new fundraiser following the success of Lewis Johnson’s sponsored cycle ride for Cancer Research UK last year.

This event, on Sunday July 29th, will include a 100km round-the-islands circuit for serious riders that will raise at least £10 per entrant through sponsorship. There’s also a shorter set of circuits for less energetic cyclists, featuring half that distance and a £5 entry fee.

And families will be able to enter a 10km route. None of the circuits are going to be held as races.

Karen Johnson is organizing the event with the Ladies Circle. Karen says one of the highlights will be a slow cycle race. The distance between Holgate’s Green and Menavaur isn’t far, but riding a bike as slowly as possible without feet touching the ground is harder than it sounds, she says. There’ll be a road closure of The Strand for that.

Karen says she wants to put on an all-day event for all age groups and she says it’ll be the islands’ own celebration of the Olympics held a day before 39 islands’ schoolchildren will leave to see Team GB in Cardiff.

Scilly’s two Olympic relay torchbearers, Lesley Thomas and Duncan Graham, will bring their torches for the attendees to view.

And unlike the real Olympics, Karen says everyone who enters the distance event is guaranteed a medal.

Mark Prebble of St Mary’s Bike Hire will offer reduced rates for families who want to hire bikes to take part, Karen says. Entrants need to be registered by July 27th with Karen.