By Phil Westren
During Sunday’s hot weather, an enthusiastic group of cyclists made the journey from Bissoe to the Mennaye Field and back.
They were taking part in a charity bike where all proceeds will be split 50/50 between the Saint Piran Cycling Academy and the soon to be confirmed Cornish Pirates chosen charity for the 2016-17 rugby season.
There was a commendable Cornish Pirates presence participating in the event, which on the day raised £500. Martin ‘Woll’ Woollatt, a keen cyclist and rugby man, who also happens to be the wordsmith behind many of the Cornish Pirates match reports, led the way and he was joined by co-Coaches Alan Paver and Gavin Cattle, plus Team Manager ‘Jan’ Rendall.
It was hats off to Alan, Gavin and Jan, because they only arrived home in the early hours following the Cornish Pirates game at Aberavon on Saturday. Jan is an experienced bike rider, but less so the coaching pair. A thought was, and nobody could have blamed them, that they would cycle the Bissoe to Penzance leg only, but the duo were having none of it!
Indeed, after taking refreshment at their Mennaye Field stop they were soon back on their bikes, and with true grit and determination successfully completed the ride.
Commenting at the end of the 54 miles challenge, Martin said: “What can I say? In short - the whole event was a complete success!
“All 30 plus riders completed the course including our very own 'cycling virgins' - Paves & Catts - who at the end both rolled into the Bissoe Bike Hire & Cafe with smiles beaming across their faces.”
Martin added: “Team Manager Jan’s experience helped, along with guidance from Cornwall's top cycling mentor, Richard Pascoe, of Bike Chain Ricci (Redruth).”
During their stop off at the Mennaye Field, the total of 30 riders were welcomed and served jugs of water by both staff and representatives from the Cornish Pirates Supporters Club. Also included among the riders was another well-known figure in Cornish rugby, namely Redruth’s Head Coach, Steve Larkins.
Anyone wishing to support the effort made by all of the bikers can still do so – for information please contact Phil Westren at the Cornish Pirates
Mobile 07817 998879 or email email@example.com