On Sunday 17th April, the Worksop Wheelers Cycling Club participated in the annual Amstel Standing cyclosportive. This very popular event was organised by Bridgegate Cycles of Retford and The Retford Lions.

Around 20+ riders met at our usual meeting point on a clear, dry but crisp morning for the ride over to Retford. The route for the Amstel departed from The Broomwagon in Retford market square and travelled through various local villages including Mattersey, North Wheatley, Askham, Tuxford, Laxton before returing to Retford via Darlton and Eaton.

The event was very popular with over 250 riders taking part,as well as the Wheelers, riders from other local clubs including OOTS, Harworth and District and Tickhill Velo Club were also present to represent the town.

We had two groups from The Wheelers consisting of the "quicker" guys who averaged around 20mph over the 70 mile route!! The "slower" group averaged around 17mph over the same route. On completion of the ride most riders hung around for refreshments at the excellent Broomwagon cafe. Most riders completed over 90 miles on the day with one of our lady riders cracking the 100+ miles, making it her longest ever ride, well done Emma.

A great day without any real issues, other than one of our riders slipping off on some gravel, thankfully no damage to either rider or bike!!

I'd like to thank everyone who made it on the day, as well as the many un-named people who helped marshal, who helped at various feed stations on the route, The Broomwagon, The Retford Lions and Bridgegate Cycles who put on a successful event.

Well done. This coming Sunday's ride is to Southwell, please look at the 'Events' page and download the route.

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The 'Chairman' with newly adjusted cleats!  

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Still laughing at one of the excellent feed stations.

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At The Broomwagon, some of the quicker guys.

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And we're off !!

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The rewards of a great day in "The Amstel Standing 2016""

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