65 Roses Holme Moss Classic

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Team Cystic Fibrosis hosted their second 65 Roses Holme Moss Classic on 14th September. Alan Paterson, the Organiser in Chief, gives his thoughts on the event. Where do you start? Everything about the event was Awesome and I mean everything… We had 420 riders raising £12,000 for the Cystic Fibrosis trust in entry fees alone. We hope this figure will rise further as sponsorship money comes in.

The signs looked great and some ingenious work from the signage team meant that the route was clearly marked. This included the improvised handwritten sign attached to the hedge exclaiming “Steep!!”

The effort of all riders was superb, from the lead group of 8 riders who took just under 3 ½ hours through to the riders who gave every ounce of courage to finish late in the afternoon. Sadly, the PlanetX challenge of £1000 to beat Russ Downings Strava segment on Holme Moss remained unclaimed.

The closed roads through Rotherham were as brilliant as ever courtesy of South Yorkshire Police and Rotherham Borough Council. The chance to ride through red lights legally is always something to treasure.

Despite a few doubters during the planning the cold boiled potatoes kindly supplied by Albert Bartlett went down an absolute storm. The accompanying flapjack (thanks John Morris’s mum!), fruit, cakes, energy drink powder from High5 and smiling volunteers meant that the Food Stops were once again up to our high standards. Throw in a couple of blue/pink portaloos and we had everything covered.

PlanetX came up trumps with their very popular mechanical support at the start and well stocked goodie bags. Look out for PlanetX Flandrian socks being worn with pride! The addition of a bandana and some rear lights saw many cyclists gazing into their bags like it was Christmas morning.

Dawn Oskia-Steer was there again representing the Cystic Fibrosis trust who provided the maps for the event and carriers for the Planet X goodies.

Big Bang Promotions did a great job erecting the barriers for the start area and Magna once again proved to be an outstanding venue offering all of the facilities and hospitality we could ask for.

Raynet again provided us with very professional radio support and things were nice and quiet on the emergency phone.

We’ve received some great feedback from the riders with many comments via social media praising the organisation of the event, in particular the marshalling.

It was a proud day to be wearing the Team CF kit with a number of our team being approached by other riders who just wanted to express their appreciation for the day.

The 65 Roses Holme Moss Classic seems to be firmly embedded in the Sportiive Calendar now and it will only grow.

In the meantime, we can look forward to the inaugural 65 Roses Spring Classic on 8th March. Its flat but it will still test the unwary. This event will be strictly limited to 300 places so please register early via the British Cycling website

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