St Mary’s A Dream For Cycle Training
St Mary’s is a great place for serious cyclists to train. That’s the view of Rory Townsend who rides full-time with the Pedal Heaven race team.
The largely amateur riders take part in most competitive events here and in Europe. And the team has come from almost nowhere to leading the table this year.
Rory is holidaying with relatives in Scilly and won the 5km Stride for Life run on Sunday. But his passion is for cycling and he says the course here is good.
Rory says the roads are smooth and the hills here are great for training, because doing circuits around the island means you’re hitting the same slope every ten minutes or so.
He says over a three-hour ride that clocks up a significant amount of climb.
And he’s full of praise for the local drivers, who he says are very accommodating to cyclists.
One islander who agrees with the potential of St Mary’s for cycle training is Steve Watt. He’s travelling to London this weekend for the Ride 100 event around the capital and Surrey.
He’s been pedalling circuits of St Mary’s and says Telegraph Hill is “long and relentless” and there’s a really steep stretch of road around Tremelethen.
Steve, who celebrated is 72nd birthday this year, has become passionate about cycling over in the last two years.
He hopes to complete the 100-mile course in less than 5 hours 30 minutes on Sunday, to raise at least £100 for St Mary’s lifeboat station, where he is press officer.
Steve’s son James is also taking part.