Haverhill cycling challenge goes to the ‘blue’ heart of the matter

Pictured in the middle of cyclists at the 2014 Haverhill Cycling Club Sportive are, from left Steve Foster, Rob Elliott and Rob Dix.
Pictured in the middle of cyclists at the 2014 Haverhill Cycling Club Sportive are, from left Steve Foster, Rob Elliott and Rob Dix.

Cyclists of all ages and abilities are being invited to take part in an annual charity sportive in Haverhill.

Now in its third year, the Haverhill Cycling Club Sportive 2015 takes place on Sunday, May 17, with three different distances along routes that all start and finish at the same place - Aerocycles, Maple Park, Falconer Road.

The options for participants are a family friendly 25 miler, with free entry for under-16s accompanied by an adult, a 60 mile route and another of 100 miles.

Last year the sportive attracted more than 100 cyclists and raised £1,900 for WellChild, but this year organisers has opted to support Haverhill charity, My Blue Heart.

One of the organisers, Haverhill Cycling Club member Rob Dix, said the decision to help the charity was made after one of his sub-committee helpers lost his young son to cancer two years ago, after which he received support from My Blue Heart.

Mr Dix said: “Every year we choose a charity to support and it was put to us that this year the charity should be My Blue Heart.

“It’s a local charity and it was set up by some Haverhill parents who lost their daughter to cancer and the charity helps those who are suffering the bereavement of a loved one.

We thought it was a good charity to support because it is a local one.”

My Blue Heart was founded by Shirley Gower, of Arrendene Road in Haverhill, after her daughter Jess died of cancer at the age of just 14 in 2010.

The sportive will have feed stations, full mechanical support and recovery, insurance, marshalling and a barbecue from lunchtime onwards.

Toilet facilities are available but there are no showers. Free parking is available.

Registration opens at 8am and cycling starts from 8.30am to 10am, depending on which distance the participant is taking on.

Suggested donations for cyclists are £15 for 25 miles, £20 for 60 miles and £25 for 100 miles. Entries made on the day and not in advance will incur a £3 surcharge.

Now in its third year, the plan is for the sportive to become a regular annual event.

Mr Dix said: “It will be carrying on every year. It’s part of our being now.

“It’s a really good event. It’s a local event and it’s available to anyone and everyone, not just cycling club members.

“The short route this year is a 25 mile event and its called a family friendly route because we want to encourage families to take part.”

To register for the sportive go to www.haverhillcyclingclub.co.uk/hcc-sportive or visit Aerocycles to sign up in person.