The Liphook Crankers have reported that preparations are going well and all is on track for the 2017 Liphook Bike Ride on Sunday (June 11th).
After putting up the signs in the village, the Crankers did the traditional ’Members Ride’ to check the route. The aim was to check out the route conditions and any safety issues, and while a few potholes have been reported to the councils the roads are reported to be in good condition for the ride.
The start and finish will be at Bohunt, and the start time will be 10am as usual, with the junior ride at 10.30am. So far more than 200 riders have signed up to take part via the online registration form on the Liphook Bike Ride website.
Those who have entered online will need to collect their number on the day. In order to reduce the queues on the day, a pre-ride registration and advance number collection will take place at the Millennium Hall from 9am to noon on Saturday, June 10th.
As before, those riders who have not registered at all will still be able to register on the day and pay either in cash or by credit card. On the day all riders are encouraged to arrive in good time in order to collect their numbers, which will once again be attached to their bikes. Liphook village centre will be closed from 9.55am to 10.15am while the riders set off.
This year 2260 Squadron Air Cadets from Waterlooville will be helping out with car parking on the playing field, and Liphook Guides will once again be providing the three refreshment stops on the route, while many other charities will also be present with stalls to add to the atmosphere.
This year Barons of Hindhead, Spire Hospital Havant and Bohunt School are the main sponsors for the ride, but there is still opportunity for other businesses to take up the final slots. Owens Cycles of Petersfield will be providing the bike ride technical support.
Ride chair Alistair Halliday said: “We are pleased to report we are all on track for the ride and most grateful for the offers of support we have received. It promises to be a superb day once again and as always such a great event for the village to be involved in. If anyone wants to be a marshal on the day please get in touch.
"We encourage as many riders as possible to collect their numbers either the day before at the pre-ride registration or arrive in good time on the day so as to keep queues to a minimum."
The Liphook bike ride website contains a wealth of information on the ride as well as information for sponsors and charities and links to British Cycling. Online entry closes at 9pm on Wednesday, June 7th. Online entry costs £15 in advance or £25 on the day.
The Crankers recently completed five days’ cycling in Mallorca, where they cycled over 340 miles and climbed over 25,000 feet during the week. They climbed the infamous Sa Calobra mountain as well as Puig Major, the highest mountain in Mallorca in the Serra de Tramuntana mountains. Once again, the Crankers made their base in Puerto de Pollensa on the north side of the island. They were sporting their new design Liphook Crankers jerseys in navy blue, based on a team GB design. Some time was set aside to finalise Liphook Bike Ride planning.
The Liphook Crankers took over the responsibility for running the Liphook Charity Bike Ride from LiDBA in October 2015.