Up the Grand Columbier in the Stevenage Cycling Festival
A fantastic 2,000 kilometre effort on Sunday has put Cycling UK Stevenage at the top of Grand Columbier. In just three days, they have ridden La Course and completed 15 stages out of the 21 in this year’s Tour de France.
As part of the Stevenage Cycling Festival they have set themselves the challenge of riding cycling’s three big grand tours – Tour de France, Giro D’Italia and the Vuelta (Spain). That would be a total of almost exactly 10,000 kilometres.
After five months some Fairlands Valley Spartans were able to compete in a real road race on Sunday. It was just down the road in St Albans.
There were 580 finishers but the start was superbly organised to comply with the latest Covid guidance. A result sheet was possible by the use of chip timing technology.
Cycling UK is delighted to be making a major contribution to the Stevenage Cycling Festival which starts on Saturday 22nd August and runs for a full week until Sunday 30th August.
There will be a tremendous variety of real and virtual activities.
They have at least twenty cycle rides which will range from 6 to 80 miles with starts including Fairlands Valley Park, Old Stevenage and the Roebuck.
Thomas Cowan has now run a total of 106K - he has smashed his target, but is going to keep going until the end of the summer holidays and see how many kilometres he can get to!
He said, “Over lockdown I have taken up running with my mum and dad. I have also really missed school. It has made me want to raise some money for the Venkatraman Memorial Fund which provides educational facilities for children and young people in the Indian fishing village of Kovalam, near Chennai in Tamil Nadu. I think all children should have the opportunity to go to school and to learn.”
It’s confirmed! The results are out and Spartans CHARLOTTE SMITH and JIM BROWN were winners in the Hatfield Broad Oak virtual 10K race. Charlotte won the women 25 to 29 race in 47 minutes 6 seconds and Jim the men 65 to 69 race in 51:14.
Cycling UK is 142 years old on Wednesday 5th August and the Stevenage group are celebrating.
The Cyclists’ Touring Club, which became Cycling UK, held its first club rides in 1878.
While current health guidelines do not allow us to cycle in groups of more than six the Stevenage group had two “real” rides on 2nd August; will have two more rides on 5th August; a “real” small group off road ride this Saturday 8th August and will be out again on Sunday. Many other outings are being organised over the coming days.
Welcome back to Striders training
Head Coach, Chris Leigh has prepared a structured programme for August that allows groups of six (including run leader) to train in a ‘COVID Compliant’ manner. Details of the session groups can be found at
https://stevenagestridersrc.org.uk./diary The web site allows members to see session availability. Full booking instructions have been emailed to club members and bookings can be completed using the following link
The Fairlands Valley Challenge Is Open
The Fairlands Valley Spartans off road challenge is up and running. It is a virtual event this year and you can still run on a route you choose any day between now and Sunday 6th September 2020.
Cycling UK in Stevenage say small group rides are now possible.
While groups are restricted to six people they are organising a variety of rides on different days and at different times.
To comply with health advice those want to ride need to book in advance. Have a look at www.stevenagectc.org.uk or visit the Cycling UK Stevenage Facebook page to see the choices and find out how to book these free rides.
On Sunday there were rides to the Lavender Farm at Hitchin and to Saffron Walden and Great Chishill windmill.
Cycling UK Stevenage are looking forward to the Stevenage Cycling Festival at the end of August.
The Fairlands Valley Challenge Is Open
On Sunday Jenny Garrett, Vicky Archer and Claire Emmerson did the marathon in the FVS Fairlands Valley off road challenge. It was Vicky’s first marathon. They all had great fun on their own route out to Wheathampstead via the Ayots and back through Codicote and Knebworth Park. We completed it in 5:48:20 with at least 75% being off road.