Within hours of riders having completed the Wooler Wheel Borderlands on Saturday the entries for the next event were rolling in, along with great feedback on the first event of the year.
The 170km cross-border route posed a tough test due to gusting winds and some brief but heavy showers, which also affected the 60km and 100km routes, and, to a lesser extent, the 30km junior sportive.
But the Wooler Wheel organisers have been overwhelmed by the positive comments from those taking part, with praise for the stunning routes, the cheery marshals, the fantastic supplies at the feed stations, and the organisation of the event in general.
Beth Mills from Wooler Cycle Hub said: “In terms of the Hub we are just a small team, but for the Wooler Wheel events we are fortunate to have a huge amount of support from the community and from volunteers all across north Northumberland and the Scottish Borders, without which the events would not take place.
“Since our first event in October 2012 we have inundated with some wonderful feedback from riders, and from our marshals, who seem to enjoy the events equally. This has continued following the Borderlands at the weekend, with so many people getting in touch to say how much they enjoyed the event, and asking us to pass on their thanks to all those who make it happen.
“It is always particularly pleasing to hear that the event compares very favourably with some ‘major’ sportives across the country, and that riders will return for the next Wooler Wheel, or for next year’s event.”
Beth added: “We would like to add our thanks to those received from so many riders to all our marshals, feed station helpers and suppliers and sponsors. Their support is invaluable to Wooler Cycle Hub and we are now turning our attention to the next event, our newest, the Wooler Wheel Big ‘Un. This is another cross-border ride, with a single 209km (130 miles) route taking in Kielder Water.”
Entries for all Wooler Wheel events in 2015 are open via the British Cycling website, and more information on them can also be found on the Wooler Cycle Hub website
Entries close July 12.