Almost 1,000 cyclists from around the county and beyond, gathered at the The Crix in Hatfield Peverel on Sunday 19th May to take part in Ride for Helen 2019, raising in the region of £28,000 for the Helen Rollason Cancer Charity!
The annual bike ride, now in its sixth year, has become a firm favourite on the Essex Sporting calendar. The charity welcomed riders of all ages and abilities, with a choice of cycling routes to suit all capabilities; 6 miles, 15 miles, and new routes for 2019; 30 miles, 50 miles, 65 miles and 90 miles.
Those enjoying the beautiful countryside routes included families with small children, seasoned road cyclists and even a family of Penny Farthing riders!
Back at The Crix, supporters were kept entertained by refreshment trucks, an ice cream van and the team from Spokes were also on-hand to offer complimentary bike repairs and advice.
BBC Essex Radio presenter Sadie Nine took part in the 6 mile route alongside husband Al, and their three doggies. Every participant received a medal and complimentary snacks donated by Wilkin & Sons and Eat Natural, with water provided by The Lion Inn at Boreham.
Essex Audi sponsored the event for the sixth year running and provided support vehicles for all cyclists.
Josie Cubbin, 38 from Billericay took part with her family; husband Will 38, George 6 and Arthur 3 in his very own bike trailer! Josie said “We took part in Ride for Helen as a family last year and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves, so we definitely wanted to join in again! It is such a lovely friendly atmosphere and the kids love being outdoors; something as parents we will always encourage!”
Laura Emerson, 35 from Springfield, Chelmsford completed the 50 mile cycle and said “The marshalls on route were really helpful and friendly and once we got back to the Crix in Hatfield Peverel, the snacks on offer were very welcome! We lost our Uncle to cancer last year so the Helen Rollason Cancer Charity is a cause very close to our heart.”