Autumn Reliability Ride 2016 Review

We'd like to thank everyone who rode our charity reliability ride this past Sunday for making   the second annual run of this event such a great success.

Our late-season ride is becoming an annual challenge that riders look forward to as the race season finishes and the mercury starts to drop. Not only that, but through it, we've raised a good amount of money for our chosen charities, which this year were Sustrans and Yorkshire Air Ambulance - two organisations that do great work for cyclists. 

The weather this year was good. Mostly sunny intervals throughout the day with the odd light shower. This good forecast was a real boost to pre-entries. Whereas last year's event only attracted 22 riders to sign up early, this year we had an impressive 48 riders use the pre-registration option.

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Here's some stats from this year's event:

  • 67 Registered
  • 48 in advance
  • 19 on the day
  • 53 started
  • 32 finished
  • Some of the reasons for DNF:
    • Smashed wheel at Thixendale
    • Smashed legs
    • Just turned off after Acklam and went home
  • Punctures: 10+ (despite a route change to avoid last year's puncture hotspots!)
  • No reported accidents or injuries

With that attrition rate, it's clear that we're running a challenging event that's as much about bike and riding skills as it is about fitness and climbing ability. This is the ethos of a reliability ride: a test of rider and machine.

The total money raised for our two chosen charities was a very respectable £219.60 which will be split evenly between the Yorkshire Air Ambulance and Sustrans.

This year we ran a prize draw for all who pre-registered for the ride. Prizes were kindly donated by Rapha and the winners were...

  • First prize: Ian Mulrooney
  • Second prize: Mark Pearce

We're very proud to be able to make something like this event happen, but is wouldn't happen without the input of quite a few people. Primarily this is the hard work of Ian Holmes who organises the event itself and has once again done a sterling job. In no particular order, we'd also like to thank:

  • Dom Brown (Club Secretary) for convening club meeting, chairing and recording the minutes for the event agenda item
  • Jamie Sharp  - for convincing Rapha to donate prizes which really helped with pre-entries
  • Pete Lambert - for advertising and publicising the event through the website and social media
  • The VC York riders and others who rode the route recce prior to the event
  • Andy Tannahil and Pete Hook for volunteering to help at HQ on the day
  • Nick Findlay and Carmel for helping with signing on on the day
  • All riders who participated, made it a safe ride
  • All those who donated to the good cause

We're sure we've missed people, so if you think you also deserve a nod, please accept both our apologies and thanks.

We look forward to next year's event and plan to make some improvements to make it the best one yet.