Once again Wooler Cycle Hub has put on a Wooler Wheel sportive ride which has brought widespread praise from hundreds of riders.
Almost 500 cyclists rode out of Wooler on Saturday morning, taking in either 50km or 100km of north Northumberland’s best cycling routes, including the formidable Lyham Bank.
And already the response from those taking part has been overwhelmingly positive, with more praise for the organisers, the volunteer marshals on the route and all those who supported the event – a recurring feature of the hub’s events.
Beth Mills from Wooler Cycle Hub said: “Saturday’s Wooler Wheel was extremely successful and we can’t thank enough all those who helped the event take place, from our volunteers all round the route to the dinner ladies at Glendale Middle School who fed the riders on completion of the event.
“The feedback we have received over the days since has been amazing, and highlights the quality of cycling opportunities in Glendale and the potential this area has for cycling tourism – something the hub has always aimed to promote.”
The move to the school proved extremely successful, with more space for riders, more facilities and the ability to put on cycling-themed activities for children, which proved very popular for the day.
The only downside to Saturday was when a woman fell near Chatton and roke her arm in five places, having to stay in hospital for surgery.
Mrs Mills said: “A female rider came off her bike near Chatton and suffered concussion and an arm injury.
“She was quickly attended to by fellow riders, including a doctor, firefighter and dentist, as well as one of our official photographers, who is a trained nurse, and our routemaster, who was also on the scene very quickly.
“An ambulance was called and the lady was taken to hospital, where she was treated and kept in overnight. We have been in touch with her since, and wish her a speedy recovery.
“It once again goes to show the importance of helmets, and is the reason why we insist those taking part wear one. Had she not been wearing hers, the fall could have proved much more serious.”
The organisers are now looking at next May’s Wooler Wheel, which promises to be even bigger and better than ever. The first Wooler Wheel event was run last October 2012, with entries capped at 350. In May, another 350 riders signed up.
The Wooler Wheel challenges are a natural progression from the Wooler Cycle Hub which was set up in 2010 and has seven way marked cycle routes of varying lengths and grades.
For more on the Wooler Cycle Hub programme and route maps, see woolerwheel.com