Cyclists travel 800km in Pyrenees challenge

Ian Hoad,  Martin Cockerill,  Trish Watson,  Andy Asquith,  Graham Lonsdale and Jim Compston in the Pyrenees.
Ian Hoad, Martin Cockerill, Trish Watson, Andy Asquith, Graham Lonsdale and Jim Compston in the Pyrenees.

While much of East Yorkshire was eagerly awaiting the arrival of the Tour de Yorkshire, members of Bridlington Cycling Club made their annual April visit to the French Pyrenees.

The group spent a week enjoying a bespoke holiday and training camp in Chalabre, with the emphasis very much on the training aspect.

Every element of the break was taken care of, from airport transfers to cordon bleu cooking.

It was a relatively small group this year, made up of six riders - Ian Hoad, Martin Cockerill, Trish Watson, Andy Asquith, Graham Lonsdale, and Jim Compston - whose ages ranged from 30 to 64.

They were also a good mix of abilities, which made the essence of teamwork a vital component.

The annual trip is always a challenging week, with the group travelling more than 800km on their bikes over the seven days.

Watson said: “Highlights included a team time trial over 40km, the ultimate test of team work, riding as fast as possible whilst ensuring the group stays together to the finish.

“Also, riders enjoyed mixing in with the local French club on one of their club rides.

“But all agreed the last day provided the memorable ride of the week.

“It was 170km, with more than 3,000 metres of climbing over the Col des Marrous, Col de Jouels, Som de Portel, Col des Caougnous, and Col de Peguere.

“There was beautiful scenery, warm weather, great team, and a satisfying sense of achievement rounded off a wonderful week.”