On a cool and blustery Easter Sunday morning, a large group of Belvoir Tri Club members, and their guests, gathered at The Meres on the start line of the Belvoir Classic Sportive.
The Belvoir Classic is an early season sportive with routes guiding cyclists around some of the most picturesque villages and country lanes in Leicestershire, Lincolnshire and Rutland.
Entrants could choose between a 62km, 100km and 160km bike routes with several feed stations at Wymondham Windmill (25km mark), Tilton on the Hill (80km) and Long Clawson (124km). The stations were well stocked with energy drinks, cakes, flapjacks, wraps, biscuits and lots of other food for cyclists to replenish energy levels, accompanied by mobile medical and mechanical support.
After cyclists crossed the finish they were able to refresh in the headquarters at the leisure centre and grab a very welcome post ride meal of a jacket potato and chilli, plus hot drinks.
Gary Tudbury and Blake Hutchinson braved the windy conditions and took on the full 160km route.
Blake Hutchinson said: “We both found the first 50 miles challenging, heading straight into the wind. Thankfully the weather held for the hilly second half and we finished on the seven hour mark.”
Belvoir Tri members who completed the 100km were Brian Martin 3.14.42, Phil Davies 3.30.57, Karl Hunt 3.40.58, Chris Masters 3.57.18, Andrew Spencer 3.58.42, Mark Wilson 4.04.28, Ove Andresen 4.06.28, Gerry Hyde 4.14.00, Mark Deans 4.20.46, Neal Burnham 4.25.35, Tim Dawson 4.25.35, Robert Spashett 4.25.35, Neil Baldwin 4.27.35 and Chris Pugh 4.39.27.
Club riders who finished the 62km were Paul Letchworth 2.23.55, Matt Broad 2.35.48, Claire Armstrong 2.42.46, Louise Hyde 2.42.46, Natalie Eastaugh 2.47.38, Sophie Stanley 3.03.52, Sophie Hunt 3.05.34, Grethe Andresen 3.05.39, Luan Hutchinson 3.05.40, Lucy Roberts 3.05.44 and Anita Sharp 3.05.49.