Following the very successful 21st running of the Hell of the North Cotswolds event in near perfect conditions, the organisers are already busy planning next year’s event that will take place on 9 April 2006 with a mass start at 9am.
The 2006 event will see the same format but will feature new 50km and 100km routes. Because the 2005 event was over-subscribed the organisers are planning to only accept the first 1,000 pre-entries and there will be NO entries accepted on the day. So make a note in your diary and make sure you get your entry in early to avoid disappointment!
Although the event is a reliability trial, not a race, some riders manage to complete the course faster than others. Riders worthy of note in 2005 were the fastest man to complete 100km, Richard Wood (4:09), fastest lady Helen Purdy (4:55), fastest man over 50km Ian Travis (2:40) and fastest lady Rebecca Jones (3:22). The team award was presented to Cheltenham and County Wheelers who had 25 riders.
Thanks to the continued help and support from Marin Mountain Bikes we were again able to award a Marin B17 Trail Hardtail bike to encourage more juniors to ride. This year the junior entries were up yet again and so the plan is working. This year’s winner of the Marin B17 was Mattew O’Murphy (15) from Wotten under Edge.
Every year, after the expenses for the event have been met, the remainder of the money collected is donated to a range of charities including Cancer Research UK, Air Ambulance, and St John Ambulance.
A big thank you to all who helped or participated in the 2005 HONC event making it the best so far and we look forward to seeing you all again on Sunday 9 April 2006.