Islanders Get On Their Bikes For ‘Tour de Scilly’

tour de scilly bike race 2013Cyclists took to the roads of St Mary’s yesterday for the ‘Tour de Scilly’ Cancer Research UK fundraiser.

106 riders, 12 more than last year’s inaugural event, set off from the Strand for circuits of the island just after 10.30am in a chorus of bike bells.

Pete Hicks was the fastest rider in the 100km category and he completed the 13 circuits of the island in just under four hours.

The only woman entrant in that class, Tess Lloyd, finished in around 4 hours 30 minutes and crossed the line together with the islands’ new police officer, Mat Crowe.

Ruth Nichols finished the 10km in in 22 minutes while Steve Watt did 50km in just under two hours.

One entrant, Rob Carrier, started the 100km cycle ride at 7am, because he wanted to get six laps in before he went on to ride another 25 km with his young son, Jamie. Rob then cycled another four circuits to complete his 100km challenge.

Neil Middleton and Dee Williams set out on a tandem and completed the 50km circuit together in 3 hours and 40 minutes.

Although the event was not promoted as a race, Jim Johnson says they may bring in electronic timers as many cyclists are interested in beating their personal bests.

Karen Johnson says they’d also like ideas for improving the event in 2014

Fancy dress played a bigger part this year. Staff from the Council’s Register Office team wore wedding clothes. Alison Gardner said they wanted to do something fun, adding that they’d probably take a ‘refreshment stop’ at the Old Town inn.

‘G’ Torrance bought a bike especially for the event and has been training with rides of up to 40km a couple of times a week.

He says the event has helped him find a new hobby and a new level of fitness, although he was concerned that a recent foot injury would hamper him.

The event was devised by the Johnson family and Karen says her sons and husband Jim were all determined to get the best results.

Karen is delighted by the support and says it’s got potential to grow as cycling is becoming more popular each year, helped by Britain’s success in the Olympics and the growth of ‘Cycle to Work’ schemes.

3 Responses to Islanders Get On Their Bikes For ‘Tour de Scilly’

  1. pete hicks August 20, 2013 at 11:26 am

    i had a great time, my first go on the road on narrow tyres.
    my actual time was 3h 27min which was an average speed of 18.3 mph.
    Next year i hope some more will challenge themselves and give the 100km a go…
    all for a fantastic cause

  2. john stickland August 19, 2013 at 9:19 pm

    Many thanks to Karen and Jim – and all the other marshalls and helpers. A fantastic day, great atmosphere and good to see so many people raising money for the charity, as well as raising public awareness of the whole issue. Having had my fiance survive cancer recently, it’s heartening to see such a great effort to keep the subject in peoples mind. Thanks also to Rob Greenlaw for the generous loan of a bike to my son Ben – who did 50km on a single speed bike. He would have done 1,350 km if it had normal gears ….
    John Stickland.

  3. pete hicks August 19, 2013 at 9:02 am

    3h 27.34 to be exact 😉