Wednesday, 19 September 2018

A cycle ride back to a gentler age

ALMOST 200 riders took part in the 53rd annual Benson Veteran Cycle Club rally.

ALMOST 200 riders took part in the 53rd annual Benson Veteran Cycle Club rally.

Riding various pre-1929 models, the cyclists rode 13-and-a-half miles, beginning at Sunnyside playing field.

They travelled through Ewelme before stopping for lunch at the Lamb pub at Chalgrove before making their way back to the start.

The riders included members of bike clubs from all over the country many wearing period costumes from when their cycles were made. The cycles included penny farthings, tandems and boneshakers that were all built between 1865 and 1929.

All riders who completed the route received a prize and the Key family from Buckinghamshire won the claret jug for best family.

Other trophies included the best combination of cycle and rider and a judges’ trophy for children. Ned Passey, president of the cycle club, who has organised the event since it began, said: “We only had one breakdown and that was a Lady Safety which punctured its front tyre. Many of the riders dressed up in period costume and one lady wore a tennis kit because that was what her cycle was called.” He added: “The event went wonderfully well and the weather couldn’t have been better.”

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