New route for midnight ride
A midnight cycle ride will have a new route this year.
The popular, 85 mile, event based in Oswestry is organised by cyclist Alan Lewis who has been competing in long-distance rides for many years when he is not at work with the Sports Council.
The 2018 route, leaving at midnight on June 23, will set off from Oswestry and travel via the A5, Welshpool, Llanfyllin to Lake Vyrnwy, returning via Welshpool through Welshpool to Lake Vyrnwy and back to Oswestry via Llanrhaeadr ym Mochnant.
It is the fourth time the midnight ride has been held.
Mr Lewis started the Midnight Ride event in 2015 in a bid to offer something unique for riders to experience.
“Participants of Midnight Ride vary from nervous first-timers of all ages through to competitive cyclists. We aim to bring together an active community of people who take part for different reasons ranging from fitness, competition, charity, health, fun or simply to finish,” he said.
In previous years the event has been fairly low key with around 50 riders.
"The 2018 event is shifting up a gear though and thanks to a little help from some new partners and with a new infrastructure in place, we hope to attract around 200-300 riders."
The event has been sponsored by Tweeks Cycles with Certa Hosting providing a free website.
Mr Lewis said that anyone could sign up for the ride, although given the 85-mile journey, a very good level of fitness was recommended.
"Riders will need a roadworthy bike - mountain bikes and hybrids are acceptable - with front and rear lights, must be medically fit and should consult their GP before riding if they have a history of injury or illness. They must also have a buddy to ride with be over 16 and wear certain safety clothing.
“The concept of leaving at midnight and arriving back to see the sunrise is appealing to many riders. It’s also very safe, much safer than riding in the day as there is much less traffic to worry about."
The event’s charity partner is Severn Hospice, which Alan has previously raised over £30,000 for following the care given to his mother and grandfather."
Taking part in Midnight Ride 2018 costs £40 which includes entry to the event, free parking, a goodie bag and breakfast on return. There will also be some spot prizes which included a cycling holiday for two to Italy.
"If you can’t take part but would still like to be involved, we are on the lookout for volunteers to help the event run smoothly."
More information is available at midnightride.co.uk or Mr Lewis on 07595 031333.