Downhill challenge for March cycle riders

March Veteran and Vintage Cycle Club. New year's downhill challenge. ANL-150118-154608009
March Veteran and Vintage Cycle Club. New year's downhill challenge. ANL-150118-154608009

Vintage bikes were seen freewheeling down a March slope as part of an annual competition.

A total of 37 members of the March Veteran and Vintage Cycle Club took part in the New Year ride and downhill challenge on Sunday.

Riders took their classic bikes out for an approximate seven-mile ride, along with having lunch during the day.

The challenge is to travel the furthest distance down the Norwood Road Hill without propelling the bike forward in any way.

Maureen Goode and her 1912 Ladies Rover Cycle won the women’s competition. She was presented with the Tom Young Trophy.

Chairman Colin Bedford, on board a 1950 gent’s Hercules, was presented with the Johnson Family Cup for winning the men’s section.

Mr Bedford, who has won several times before, said the challenge is hotly-contested.

He said: “One or two joked they were going to nobble me so I didn’t win again.

“There are several secrets to winning. You blow up the tyres as hard as possible so you have less resistance on the road. Oil your chain and lessen the cones.

“It was the first ride of the year and it was a perfect day. We were pleased to see so many bikes out.”

The trophies were presented to the club in 1998 and this has become an annual event since then.

The club has around 20 events each year.