Hayling Islander article – March 2014
With the turn of the year the planning for the next Hayling Cycle ride intensifies. While hotels have been booked months back , we need to finalise the numbers, arrange way-side stops and check the route. Having not been to Paris since 2007 these things need a bit more attention this year than in some previous ones. A couple of week back I went on the first of what will be at least two “recces”. I was accompanied by ride vice –chairman Pete Alloway and Rod Elliott . Both of them have been fantastic contributors to the ride for more than 20 years. After three intensive days with early starts and late finishes we literally covered a lot of ground and feel confident that we are in good shape to stage another great event. Contrary to what we heard from several sources we found that Bar La Poste in Muids is still very much open and we will again have a warm welcome in this quaint riverside village 24 miles east of Rouen. The Muids stop, first at La Chaumiere and then at La Poste has an iconic status in the ride’s history reflected in one of the lines in our Bike Ride song – “Intoxicating fluids at the bar in Muids”.
Most of our cyclists raise money for specific causes but a few allow us to use our discretion to support charities that might ask for our help. We augment our discretionary fund with any profit we might make on the careful organisation of our main ride and also including any surplus from the Channel To Channel ride. From these funds we have recently made donation to Jack Robinson , a four year old Portsmouth boy with an incurable brain tumour and also given to local organisations, St Andrews Church and Mill Rythe School. Our donation to St Andrews will help with the valuable support that they offer for various sections of the community including mother and toddler groups, meetings for single parents and lunch clubs for the elderly. We are assisting Mill Rythe School in their fund raising efforts for the construction of a sensory garden.
Our weekly practice rides have started again this month (effective Sunday March 2nd) . Please check on our web site (haylingcycleride.org.uk) for full details. We welcome all cyclist , not just those of done one of our rides or who are planning to do so but also anyone likes a social ride or is simply curious to learn a bit more about us.
If anyone would still like to sign up for the 2014 event and sample the delights of Paris, Muids and much more, there are still places available. Additionally or alternative you may be interested in The Channel to Channel Ride. Further information is available on our web site.