First Cancer Challenge Complete
Tour of Flanders Ride
On 2 April, Jon Owens rode the infamous Ronde van Vlaanderen cobbled classic from Oudenaarde in Belgium. The 179km course takes in all the cobbled climbs used in the professional race; including the Muur van Geraardsbergen, Koppenberg and the Paterberg which all have sections above 20% gradient.
The 179km ride started in Oudenaarde at 0700 (CET) in freezing temperatures. The route heads across the Flanders region taking in a number of cobbled sectors to challenge the riders strength and bike handling skills. A total of 16,000 other cyclists took part in the event which is predominantly traffic free with rolling road blocks on local roads by the police at all the main road junctions. The route is used on the following day by the professional UCI road race.
The ride was completed in 6h 47m with two other members of Reading Cycling Club supporting Jon.
Further information about the ride can be found here:
Clatterbridge Cancer Charity: Claire Woods
Claire Woods passed away on 26 December 2021.
She was 35.
Claire was cared for by the Clatterbridge Cancer Charity during the later stages of her cancer treatment for melanoma.
The Centre makes over 220,000 patient contacts to over 30,000 patients a year, offering pioneering chemotherapy, radiotherapy and proton therapy treatments from eighteen operating sites across Merseyside and Cheshire.
If you would be able to donate towards this amazing charity then please visit the just giving page set up in her memory: