Cycling spectacular celebrates biggest event yet

August 31 2017

MORE than 1,000 cyclists took to the road for the biggest ever Sodbury Sportive, with bikes being pedalled along three circular routes.

MORE than 1,000 cyclists took to the road for the biggest ever Sodbury Sportive, with bikes being pedalled along three circular routes.

It is estimated that £25,000 will have been raised from the event, with the money to be divided between local and national charities.

The event is run annually by members and friends of Chipping Sodbury Rotary Club and attracts cyclists from all over the country, who praised the event and organisers.

They could ride a 30, 60 or 100-mile course, starting and finishing at Chipping Sodbury Rugby Club, and on completion, were welcomed back with live music, sports massage and a barbecue.

However there were some complaints by other road users of cyclists riding inappropriately, including reports of riders going too fast on downhill stretches and crossing onto the opposite carriageway. 

An ambulance was also called out to a cyclist who had an accident on the road from Hawkesbury Upton down to Hillesley.

Sportive spokesman Bill Bennett said no complaints had been made directly to the organisers.

He said: “We carry out a risk assessment before the event and brief all riders extensively about safety before they set off on the ride.  We would not condone any improper riding should any occur.

 “We know that one rider was taken to hospital as a result of a fall during the event and we can confirm that he was tended by other riders who rendered first aid before the ambulance arrived.

“We're pleased to say that his injuries were minor and he was discharged later in the day.”

 He also said the organisers were proud of the contribution the Sodbury Sportive made to the local community.