The Covid pandemic has effected every one, and our charity has suffered from all of our events being cancelled, with funding and donations seriously effected.
However with the help of specialised grants we have managed to allow EMpowered people to be ready when all the restrictions are lifted.
Bikes have been a prominent factor within the charity and especially with the Trustees. The Trustees had planned to go to the Isle of Man to watch the TT. The races have been cancelled for the last two years but hope to start again in 2022.
With the slight easing of restrictions an alternative ride for the Trustees was organised from Clitheroe to Hawes, returning two days later.
A total distance of 110 very hilly miles!
Glorious weather was a bonus throughout the ride and not forgetting the wonderful service and food stops by Tom and Steve. Betty our Service Support Van was looking splendid in her new livery.
We asked Paul Howell if he would like to join us on his manual Handcycle, along with two new Support riders (Steve Ashworth & Mark Anderton)
We stopped at the YHA hostel in Hawes. The new management looked after us and gave us great food.
The hostel is in need of better accessibility and David the new owner will implement new adaptions, and if these are suitable we will make the Todmorden to Hawes ride a yearly event.
The return ride went over Oughtershaw which is a very tough and long climb. Martin was first up then complained that he was exhausted!!
Me and Paul has been given a lift to the top in Betty and so what goes up most come down!!, and what a wonderful ride back down the valley towards Kettlewell.
The ride finished at Gargrave. We wanted to use the canal towpaths from this point back to Burnley but the surface is not suitable for cycling. However we have found a new route to Fowleridge avoiding busy roads which we will use on future rides.
A great adventure on some of the most fabulous and very challenging areas we have ever had the pleasure to cycle.
North Yorkshire gets our approval