Cyclists Turn Out For OlymBike Event

One of the organisers of yesterday’s Scilly OlymBike event says there have been calls for the cycle challenge to become an annual fixture.

Karen Johnson helped arranged the fundraiser for Cancer Research UK with her colleagues in the Ladies Circle. She says people have asked her about the dates for the event in 2013.

Karen estimates 100 people took part and she’s pleased that so many people supported the charity, particularly families and visitors. She says everyone has been touched by cancer in some way and she wanted to thank them for taking part.

The event raised a total of £1,230 after costs.

Mark Prebble of the St Mary’s Bike Hire is happy to see how much interest there was in a cycling event and said it was great to see so many people having fun on a bike.

He said cycling has been a “well kept secret” among people for many years and added it’s a healthy way for people to get out and about.

Mark says the 100km event was really only for the experienced cyclists who’ve managed to get some training in. However, the 10km event, a single circuit around the island, should be achievable by most people who ride a bike regularly.

Karen’s son, Ben Johnson, rode the 50km circuit of St Mary’s. He says it became hard work in the final lap and he managed to swerve into a hedge at one point. He said the heat yesterday didn’t help either.

Karen says the event took a lot of organising but it should be more straightforward in 2013 now they know how things will go.

And she says the key to the success of the event next year will be getting more helpers on board earlier.

You can see photos from Sunday’s event here.