‘Tour de Scilly’ Sets Off This Sunday

scilly olymbikes 2012With memories of the Tour de France starting to fade, you can relive all the excitement this Sunday at the islands’ very own ‘Tour de Scilly.’

It’s the follow on from last year’s successful Olymbike event, organised by Karen Johnson in aid of Cancer Research.

And it seems like the turnout could be just as impressive.

Karen says around 40 people have preregistered for the cycle ride. Last year, only four signed up beforehand with around 100 people turning up on the day to take part.

She’s encouraging people to give their details early, to save time on the day, but if you’re a visitor and haven’t had the chance, then you can still register on Sunday from 9am to 10am.

There are several categories to enter, ranging from a relatively sedate 10km route through to a full 100km ride, or 13 circuits of St Mary’s. There are also 25km and 50km options.

Ten people have registered for the 100km, including new PC Mat Crowe and at least two novices, who could take up to 6 hours to complete the route, says Karen.

And if the even the thought of 10km has you breaking out in a sweat, then there’s a slow cycling event along the Strand. The rider who takes the longest to complete the distance in a straight line, without putting their feet down, is the winner.

There’ll be plenty of non-cycling fund raising too, with a raffle, face painting and a bouncy castle.

The ladies from islands’ branch Cancer Research will be manning a cake stall, and Karen says any homemade cakes or biscuits for sale would be appreciated.

The organisers have also asked if anyone can spare a few hours to act as marshals along the route. They’ve also requested that people wear helmets if possible.

With good weather forecast Karen says they’re hoping to beat last year’s total of £1,400 raised for the charity.

Drivers should note that The Strand will be closed from 1.30 to 3pm.