Guernsey Bicycle Group’s Bike-a-Thon raises over £2000 for Fight for Sight

June 19th, 2011 by Richard Lord

(A rider from each team takes it in turn to represent their team during the three hour Bike-a-Thon (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

Braving strong winds and the occasional downpour, Guernsey Bicycle Group‘s 54 Bike-a-Thon cyclists raised over £2000 for the charity Fight for Sight on Saturday 18 June.

Some teams were more competitive than others (click image to expand ©RLLord)

The Bike-a-Thon held at the Delancey Park bicycle track from 2 pm to 5 pm involved nine teams of six cyclists each.

A member of team no. 8 flies along the Delancey bicycle track (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

Simon Hancock of Team No. 7 leads a pack of cyclists around the track (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

Steve of The Wild Bunch powers ahead (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

Francis Paul, Chairman of Guernsey Bicycle Group, chose Fight for Sight because it supports projects that have a realistic outcome of success in improving vision for partially sighted and blind people.

Francis Paul, Chairman of GBG, organised the event with the GBG committee and acted as a marshal during the cycle ride (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

Francis Paul has a relative who is registered blind and knew of Fight For Sight’s good work.

Pierre Paul rides for the Guernsey Gentlemen's Velo Club (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

Lindsay de Sausmarez enjoys the occasion (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

Barney Lee speeds along for team 9 (click image to expand ©RLLord)

A member of team 6 displays his bicycling skills (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

A member of Team 4 drives towards the finish line (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

Pierre Paul representing the Guernsey Gentlemen's Velo Club team takes the inside corner (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

A member of team 8 pursed by Pierre Paul of team 2 (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

Healthspan team member Rollo de Sausmarez cycles hard (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

David Harry, Guernsey Bicycle Group treasurer, kept account of the laps of the 660 metre long Delancey bicycle track completed by each team.

David Harry, GBG Treasurer, kept track of how many laps each team had completed (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

He introduced Deputy Mike O’Hara, Guernsey Minister for Culture & Leisure, who gave out prizes for the team that raised the most money for Fight for Sight, and the team that completed the most laps.

Exhausted bicycles take a rest (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

Bike-a-Thon participants wait for the results (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

Team 4 from Healthspan won the cup for raising the most money, as well as Fight for Sight t-shirts for each cyclist.

Deputy Mike O'Hara presents the trophy to the Healthspan team for raising the most money for Fight for Life (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

The Barbarians won Fight for Sight t-shirts for completing the most laps of the bicycle track.  Their riders, taking turns, completed 130 laps or 85.8 kilometres in three hours at an average speed of 28.6 km per hour or 17.88 mph.

Deputy Mike O'Hara gives Fight for Sight t-shirts to the Barbarians who completed the most laps of the Delancey Bicycle track during the GBG Bike-a-Thon (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

Deputy Mike O'Hara with members of The Barbarians bike-A-thon team (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

The Healthspan team completed 129 laps placing them second and The Guernsey Gentlemen’s Velo Club came third with 128 laps completed.

The Guernsey Bicycle Group provided marshals to make sure that no one impeded the bicyclists on their way around the track.

Team One called themselves 'The Wild Bunch'. Rita, Hilary, Steve and Rita thoroughly enjoyed themselves during the Bike-a-Thon. They completed 90 laps of the Delancey bicycle track (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

The 54 bicyclists ranging in age and bicycling ability used a variety of bikes from a tandem to mountain bikes and racing bikes.

The Tandemonium team came fifth in the number of laps completed (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

Gary, Rod, Neil, Jess, Paula, Shanine and Tim (in the image) and Laura and Beth made up the Tandemonium, team No. 5.

Team 7 included Lindsay de Sausmarez with her Danish Triobike (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

Deputy Mike O’Hara congratulated the organisers of the GBG Bike-a-Thon, and everyone who took part to raise money for such a worthwhile charity.

The Barbarians and the Healthspan Team in their Fight for Sight t-shirts (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

The Bike-a-Thon was a family occasion with husbands and wives taking part, and wives supporting their cycling husbands and husbands supporting their cycling wives.

Claire Lee came to support her husband (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

The fun this occasion generated and its success at raising money makes it likely that this will become an annual event.

The GBG Bike-a-Thon was fun for all ages (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

A big thank you to the Guernsey Bicycle Group for organising a great event (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

1 Response to “Guernsey Bicycle Group’s Bike-a-Thon raises over £2000 for Fight for Sight”

  1. Steve and Hilary Wild

    Great shots Richard, many thanks for sending the link. It looks like a blissful day in them!

    Cheers
    Steve and Hilary

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