Roe Valley cyclists take on 40-mile sportive

The Bikefit programme crew from Limavady who recently completed the Bann Wheelers Causeway Sportive.
The Bikefit programme crew from Limavady who recently completed the Bann Wheelers Causeway Sportive.

Twelve cyclists recently completed a 40-mile bike ride, something they never would have dreamt of eight months ago.

The cycle was the result of a 12-week cycling programme, launched at Roe Valley Leisure Centre as part of the ‘Health for Life Fitness Programme’. The group started cycling on Saturdays at RVLC in October 2014. The hardy cyclists signed up enduring tough winter weather into the New Year when they then decided to put together a programme with a difference in 2015.

The Bikefit programme was launched in April with cycle rides on Saturdays and Wednesdays, led by qualified instructors, bike maintenance training provided to all participants, additional spin classes to improve bike fitness, cycle clothing available for club runs and a programme that would act as an optional feeder to local a cycle club sportive at the end of the programme.

Ten people decided to sign up and go for it, including Kay Forrester.

“I was a bit nervous about joining the group, but I’m so glad I did.We were also challenged to do our first 50 mile cycle, which saw everyone complete the Tour De Foyle route.”

The group rose to the challenge and all finished strongly. They meet on Saturdays at 9am from Roe Valley Leisure Centre.