Flt Sgt Kirks’s Pedal Power Raises Funds For Yorkshire Air Ambulance

On Sunday 6th may myself, Sqn Ldr Iain Kirk and some more of my family and friends took part in a 100 mile charity bike ride to raise money for the Yorkshire air ambulance. Yorkshire Air Ambulance provide a life saving emergency service to the whole of the Yorkshire region and a charity that we have worked closely with at Squadron.

The event was put together by a company called Sportive HQ who organise cycling events across the year, ranging in difficulty from flat and fast rides, to hilly and much slower rides. Not every event they organise is 100 miles, you can either take part in the 25-mile, 50-mile, 75 miles or the big 100. All though the thought of a 100-mile ride is scary, it’s actually great fun to do with people you know and a great day out.

It was a early start with a wake up at around 4:30am to give us time to prep our bikes, get gear together and get some much needed breakfast. The even itself took part in Lincoln which wasn’t too far away, only a hour in the car. Our group of 6 all met up at the event start, surprisingly we were the first ones to arrive but it was a nice morning and the weather seemed to look very promising for the rest of the day.

When we went to go sign in we were handed our numbers, a stick-on tracker to stick to our helmets and a few pieces of food to keep us going, although we were already carrying a lot of food! About 5 minutes before the 100 mile ride set off there was around 300-400 riders at the start point which is the biggest number of riders I have personally ever ridden with. The event started at 8:00AM and we were in the first big group to set off. For the first 45 mile to the first feed stop it was flat with a few hills, but nothing like the ones around Barnsley which we are used to. The feed stop was almost like a cyclist’s heaven! The was long tables piled with cake, Crips and wraps. It was the perfect place to put on a few pounds.

The rest of the ride consisted of getting into big groups of around 30 other riders and just riding fast hoping the finish would come around soon. Upon crossing the finish line there were photographers who took photos of the riders as we crossed the line, then some more photos as you collected medals etc.

Overall the day was a brilliant experience with cracking weather and some wonderful tan lines. I would 100% recommend cycling to anyone who is looking for a hobby to lose weight, it’s a friendly sport were every rider is willing to help in areas other riders lack in.

Thank you to everyone that sponsored us, we surpassed our target and raised £520 for the Yorkshire Air Ambulance!

By Flt Sgt Dylan Kirk