The annual Marlow Red Kite Ride sportive took place last weekend, for the 7th year of running – and raised record amounts for local charity Wheels For All.
This popular event, which is rated as one of the top ten sportives near London, attracts over 700 visitors (riders and their friends) to the area. This year’s ride was dedicated to the memory of founder, and former Chair of Marlow Riders, Rod Woodland, who sadly passed away in April.
Due to the closure of the A404 (a result of previously postponed roadworks) all three routes, 50, 80 and 100 miles were redesigned to avoid the expected traffic bottlenecks, and route signage and marshalling plans adjusted accordingly.
Event Director, Colin Lavis commented: “The Red Kite Ride has been very successful this year despite traffic chaos in Marlow. Now it its 7th year, the event sold out yet again and we have been overwhelmed with positive feedback from participants, many of whom travel great distances, and take part year after year.”
Cllr Alex Collingwood (a WDC and BCC Councillor) took part, and commented “In these days of increasing congestion and reliance on cars, cycling in all its forms should be encouraged and celebrated. Cycling fosters a more healthy lifestyle on every level, reducing pollution, increasing fitness, and even improving mental health.”
Significant sums raised for charity….
The event, which is run by Marlow Riders aims to raise money for cycling related charities. This year the nominated charity is Marlow Wheels for All, part of the Cycling Projects initiative. Wheels for All, based at Bisham, provides adapted bikes for disabled children and adults. Early indications are that monies raised this year will exceed previous years donations. The raffle which is run on the day by Marlow Riders’ Chair Chris Heath has raised in excess of £3,300.
Chris Heath, Chair of Marlow Riders added; “Once again, we are expecting to raise a significant amount for Wheels for All. To date the Red Kite Ride has raised over £50,000. I’d like to thank Colin and his team, and the 100 + volunteers from Marlow Riders that help to organise and run this, our showcase event, that spotlights Marlow and the beautiful countryside that we are lucky enough to have on our doorstep.”
Congrats to all riders and organisers from us at MyMarlow!