Members of GS Henley Cycling Club are calling on cyclists of all abilities to saddle up with them this June in aid of Sue Ryder Palliative Care Hub South Oxfordshire.
This will be the second year the cycling club will be hosting the annual charity ride, which is being held on Saturday 25 June, in memory of club member and avid cyclist, Graeme Taylor, who received expert care and support from the Wallingford-based hub before he died in early 2021.
Alex Chart, a GS Henley member involved in organising the event, which last year raised more than £3000, said: “Graeme was a big part of the cycling club who was passionate about making sure everyone – whether an experienced or novice cyclist – could get involved.
“When he passed away, restrictions meant that as a club we weren’t able to honour him in the way that we wanted to, so we set about organising this annual friendly, open-to-all, charity cycle. Something I know Graeme would have supported.”
Each year the ride, which is a 55km loop starting and ending at Henley Rugby Club, is held close to what would have been Graeme’s birthday – a fitting way to celebrate and remember him.
“The loop offers something for everyone. More experienced riders can do multiple laps, and those who find the final hills too much can take advantage of a shortcut on the route home,” Alex said.
“There will be plenty of refreshments available at the rugby club so participants are well hydrated and looked after. A team from Henley Cycles will also be on hand at the start of the ride to provide any last minute bike maintenance from tweaks to gears to tyre checks – all free of charge!”
“Plus, anyone who is keen to take part but doesn’t want to go it alone, there is no need to worry, as we will happily find other cyclists to pair you up with,” she added.
The event entry fee is £10 and non-members can sign up via the British Cycling Club website. All funds raised will help Sue Ryder Palliative Care Hub South Oxfordshire to continue to be there when it matters for local people going through the most difficult times of their lives.
To find out more about Sue Ryder Palliative Care Hub South Oxfordshire, visit: sueryder.org/southox