Last weekend, Joanna Newitt took part in the RSF Yorkshire Wolds Challenge, a charity cycling event to raise money for Rydale Special Families.
Ryedale Special Families is an independent charity based in Malton, North Yorkshire which currently provides care and support to over 400 families and young children with disabilities, illness or additional needs throughout the Ryedale district.
Below, Joanna provides us with a full account of how she felt the Wolds Way Challenge 2016 went, and her plans for the future.
How did the ride go?
"I set off at 8am on Saturday after registration, and an interview with Steve from Vale Radio. The weather conditions were ideal, and I got over to Bridlington by lunch time where I had an hour's break, and saw the North Sea! Turning back inland towards Driffield, I battled with a strong headwind which was hard work for the rest of the journey to Hutton Cranswick. I finished the cycle that day at 4pm, averaging 12/13 miles per hour."
"On Sunday, I made an early start at 8am, but discovered my body was far from pleased to be going through the whole experience again! Trying to get my brain to motivate my legs proved extremely difficult! I was met with the same tiresome headwind from the previous day and it remained with me all day unfortunately, so it was very hard work biking - even the 'proper' cyclists were complaining, but it did keep us cool in the sunshine."
What were the highs and lows of the experience?
"Sunday proved to be a hard day. When you are training, you do one good bike ride but then you rest the next day, I don't think that's the answer, you need to go out again, to keep your muscles from ceasing up!"
"The highlights were meeting great like-minded people and raising money for such a worthwhile charity. Also, I enjoyed our magnificent Yorkshire Wolds Countryside, it's undulating dales and long gradual hills - it's lovely to be able to appreciate the beautiful scenery while cycling."
Would you do it again?
"The answer is - YES!! I've definitely caught the bug now, and I am looking forward to doing another ride in September - please note I said Ride and NOT Race! I need to keep up my current level of fitness from now until then in order to be successful.
What advice do you have for anyone considering taking up cycling?
" I think anyone considering taking up cycling should go to their local bike shop to gain advice on what bike is suitable to their budget and to discuss where they want to bike, on either roads, tracks or off road. This will make a big difference when it comes to purchasing the right bike.
"British Cycling is a great organisation and they do "Breeze" rides at many local locations. For example, local to me is Pickering, Scarborough and Driffield, where the rides are free of charge and usually on a weekend or summer evening."
"A final shout out goes to Ryedale Special Families who ran a very organised Ride with Guardian Angels on bikes. St John's Ambulance and Big Bear Bikes from Pickering also followed us over the two day cycle and sorted out any mechanical problems."
If you have any questions for Joanna regarding her latest bike riding challenge, please leave comments below.