There was a big Harrogate Nova contingent among riders taking part in the Spadger’s Memorial Ride on Sunday. Lewis “Spadger” Barry was a popular and talented young rider who died entirely unexpectedly on 29 June 2010 aged only 15 from Sudden Arrhythmic Death Syndrome (SADS).
Now in its sixth year, the memorial ride marks his passing and raises funds for two charities – The Dave Rayner Fund (a charity dedicated to helping budding talents achieve their dreams) and C.R.Y. (Cardiac Risk in the Young – a charity dedicated to raising awareness of SADS).
The 50 mile circular route, based on Lewis’ favourite training ride, started and finished at Lotherton Hall, and saw 1,200 people take part, from age 8 to 80, including two former World Champions, Olympic and Commonwealth Games Medallists, professionals and amateurs. For more info see the Lewis Barry website.
Racing Round Up
The ‘cross season moved up a notch this weekend with round 1 of the British Cycling National Trophy series taking place in Southampton. A trio of hardy Nova members made the 430-mile round trip to take part (although Ed only had to travel from his new University town of Bath). The morning started with Tim Evans finishing 49th in the Vet-50 event, and Ted Sarmiento taking 57th place in the Vet-40 category. In the afternoon senior event, Edwyn Oliver-Evans was just outside a point-scoring finish in 32nd place. Reigning National Champion Ian Field (Hargroves Cycles – Ridley RT) took the win in the main event, ahead of Graham Briggs (JLT Condor) and Yorkshire Points regular Jack Clarkson (Hope Factory Racing).
The Yorkshire Points series took a week off due to the National Trophy races, there was still some ‘cross racing to be had with an event at Newsome High School, Huddersfield – results new week.