The unmistakeable sound of flapping waterproofs filled the roads of north Northumberland last Saturday as more than 420 cyclists took part in the Wooler Wheel.
Over 600 cyclists had entered and, despite weather warnings and heavy overnight rain, a remarkable number were not put off, with some travelling from as far away as Surrey to ride the 50km and 100km routes.
Beth Mills, of Wooler Cycle Hub, said: “For all the challenging conditions, I think in a strange way it was one of our most successful Wooler Wheels yet. We normally find that 10 to 15 per cent of those entered don’t take part in the events, for whatever reason, so to get such a high turnout in such conditions is incredible.
“Judging by the comments on Facebook and the emails I’m getting, it will be a Wooler Wheel which will stick long in riders’ minds and for all the right reasons – the organisation of it and the marshals.”
Beth added: “We have to say the biggest thank-you to the volunteers who helped out on such a testing day. They were fantastic and still managed to smile, and the majority of the cyclists commented on them – it really made the event.
“The feed and water stations also opened their doors and looked after the very wet cyclists and marshals, so it is a huge thank-you to the Percy Arms at Chatton, Heatherslaw Visitor Centre, the Red Lion at Milfield and Shidlaw Farm.
“We couldn’t run the event without their support, and that of John Swan Ltd, who allowed us to once again use the mart for registration and as the start and finish.”