We decided to call this week a 'Free Week' mainly due to the fact that so many local rides took place. Namely the Tom Simpson Memorial Ride, starting in Harworth and The Big Red Ride starting in Mansfield plus any other members who set out to do their own thing.

Starting with The Tom Simpson ride -

At least five Wheelers took part in this ride, which as in previous years was very well supported with riders from clubs spread far and wide entering. The conditions on the day were excellent with lots of late winter sunshine which no doubt helped with the turnout. The route is around 56 miles and very little elevation. The riders set out from Harworth and headed out towards Torworth, Retford, Clarborough, Gringley on the Hill, East Ferry, West Butterwick and looped back round towards Harworth through Finningley and Bawtry.

The guys managed a great average speed and suffered no mechanicals. It would have been nice to see a few more Wheelers support this ride but due to The Big Red Ride being planned on the same day this was always going to be difficult. Well done everyone who attended.

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Meeting at Harworth prior to setting off.

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Mick and Bob before setting off

The second ride of the day was the Big Red Ride -

As for the Tom Simpson ride the weather was excellent for riding in and around 10 Wheelers took to the roads around Shirebrook. The route, around 66 miles with an elevation of around 2500ft set off in an anti-clockwise route heading out towards Budby, Walesby, past Ossington, through Tuxford, Askham, Bothamsall, Norton, Clowne and back into Shirebrook.

It was great to see this group also had no major mechanical incidents. It was also nice to see the club kit well to the fore. The quicker of the guys managed an average speed of around 19mph which was pretty quick on the day, whilst others managed around the 16mph on the day.

Yet again well done everyone who attended this event.

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