‘The Wolfe of Westerham’
Sunday 2nd July 2017
To be opened by Dame Kelly Holmes MBE, DBE
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Over 200 riders chose between a 75 mile (121km) or a 44 mile route (70km).
Plagued by appalling weather in the lead-up to the event, we were all very nervous but the sun shone through to make our inaugural event a very special one. Circa 200 riders left Squerryes’ under the waved flag of Dame Kelly Holmes, setting their sights and Garmins on either the 42-mile or 72-mile route, having been slightly revised owing to the closure of Tandridge Lane.
Sign-posted and marshalled throughout, the riders navigated the challenging climbs, some technical descents and stunning views before returning to Squerryes’ to collect their medal, goodie-bag, food and glass of sparkling wine. With sun on their shoulders, many re-grouped with friends and family on the grass to enjoy the atmosphere, music and views.
Go-Ride Racing Event
Whilst the sportive was underway, we hosted a Go-Ride Racing event around Squerryes’ Court with 22 riders from 5 to 11 years old competing in an individual time-trial, age-group races and a mixed relay race. Dame Kelly Holmes was again on hand to provide start and finish flag-waving duties, bell-ringing and many photo ops for the smiling and excited young riders. Our Club volunteers and parents provided marshalling duties with everyone providing encouragement and support for the racer
Throughout the day our army of marshals and volunteers – mostly the Westerham Cycling Club members, their friends and family – did a sterling job, encouraging the riders, directing participants accordingly, soliciting feedback and helping create the atmosphere that has been so often mentioned in participant feedback.
So the Wolfe of Westerham, if measured by rider feedback alone and, was a success, and we set the bar high! Not bad considering this was our first sportive. And with this success comes the realisation that we will have to do this again in 2017.
The Inaugural ‘The Wolfe of Westerham’ at Squerryes Estate was a celebration of cycling for all