“The first PSA Day Ride exceeded my expectations by far, thanks to a brilliant turnout of over 60 riders and some favourable dry and warm weather. Conceived as an event that would attract around 40 participants and raise in the region of £400 through the £10 minimum sponsorship/sign fee, Sunday’s event should raise over £2,000 thanks to some individual riders who got sponsored to take part and the Screwfix 5 team, who have collected in the region of £1000. We are all absolutely delighted” said Luke Simon, the charity liaison officer and co-organisor of Day Ride.
Day Ride which set off from the PSA Home Farm headquarters at 9.30am after a quick charity update, a cycle briefing and a fashion show to model the new PSA cycle range had 3 routes available for riders – a 25 mile direct route to West Bay, a 50 mile there and back route to West Bay and a 70 mile route that took in West Bay. All groups set off at the same time and met up at a very pleasant sunny West Bay at lunchtime – the beach town providing the perfect finale for the 25 milers and the perfect pitstop for those riding home.
The PSA would like to express our thanks to everyone who took, to those who drove down to West Bay to support the riders and to our sponsors Rock and Road who provided goodie bags for the participants and a support van for the 70 miler.
This first Day Ride has proved to be an excellent pilot event – the Day Ride organisors are now planning a further 3 dates, (spring, summer, autumn) for 2012.
Luke Simon – charity liaison officer.