There must be more cycling activities this weekend than you can shake a spoke at, but I’ll briefly highlight two that are are on my radar; both free, both fun. Firstly, ‘Spokes in Spring’, an event brought to our attention by a Cardiff Cycle Chic tweet, promoting dapper riding and cycling inclusivity. Meet at The National Museum of Wales, Cardiff civic centre for a relaxed jaunt around the Welsh capital. The ride finishes at the Milkwood Gallery in Roath.
Sadly I won’t be able to make the ride as I’ll be battering up and down the hills and dales of Lancashire in the Ronde Van Oost Lancashire. Organised by Alan Dorrington a fellow Here Come The Belgians team-mate (and recently sponsored on-one rider), the Ronde is Alan’s homage to the spring classics season, taking on big lumps and cobbled sections in – almost – equal measure. Despite being relatively short (around 50-60 miles), the topography of the course makes it a lengthy affair. Last year we got around in about 4 hours, even though we gave it a bit of welly on some sections. Free to enter and with a feed station provided by Sports photography outfit ‘Sports Sunday’. Last year I made a point of buying a couple of pictures as a ‘thank you’ for standing on a damp Lancashire corner armed with bananaas, cakes,flapjacks and water. It’s a business model I really appreciate; community engagement to everyone’s benefit. The details for the Ronde can be found here. On Sunday I will mostly be lying down, desperately trying to watch the Tour of Flanders whilst an overly excited and enthusiastic 5 year old hovers over me with cycle helmet in hand. 9 days ago, Evelyn’s stabilizers came off (a BIG day). She’s now in full time training for the 2028 Olympics. 🙂
The Ronde Van Oost Lancashire starts at 10am from Pendle Heritage centre. If turning up by car (I won’t be riding from Cardiff!), park locally, but preferably not at the centre. Many thanks to Crossjunkie (Alan) for his efforts.