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Polka Dot Challenge 2015 (Cancelled)

Cycle Sportive , Stockport – Sunday, 24 May 2015

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Event Summary

This event has been cancelled

Event Overview

A memorial to the late George "Spud" Riley

The origins of the Spud lie with long time organiser, Dave Riley, brother of Spud, member of Manchester Velo CRC for 60 years and Club President. A bike rider, racer and local legend, Dave, with other like minded men, conceived the early rides after being inspired by trips to France and participation in the world famous L'Etape du Tour. It was the right time to start something along the same lines.

The first ride (The Hot 100) in 2002 involved the Handforth Veterans group and covered 100 miles through the Peak District. The route was made up of tough climbs and areas that are well known to local riders. Joining them all together for a 100 mile trek created something of a challenge to even the most accomplished of riders.

The event has grown year on year. Manchester Velo members have helped with entry and registration whilst the well sign posted route with marshals and feed zones has been consistently enhanced and improved by enthusiastic Velo members.

The events have provided funds that have been donated to Christies Hospital for valuable cancer research.

A Change of Organisation

Dave Riley has been a hugely successful organiser of the Spud Riley and other events in the area. After 11 years behind the director's desk, Dave handed over the reigns in 2012 to Will's Wheels CC for future events organisation.

Will's Wheels CC has a 10 year history and an established, healthy membership of around 80 riders including both of George Riley's daughters, Terrie and Danielle. Will Wright, the namesake of the club and originally a member of Manchester Velo CRC has been involved with cycling in the South Manchester area since being a child. He was one of many young riders whom George Riley gave up his time to help, taking them to races and making sure they were well looked after.

The Christie Memorial

The Polkadot ChallengeTM - "Spud" Riley Memorial Gran Fondo rides have now contributed £85,000 to “The Christie", thanks to the hard work put into the organisation by Dave Riley and Pete Lickfold, with the help and support of Manchester Velo members, friends and associates. Looking to the future Wills Wheels will continue to contribute to the Christie with the support of new and regular participants in this challenging yet rewarding event.

In March 2009, Dave and Marcele Riley attended the opening of a memorial at the hospital. A gold coloured metal tree has been built onto the wall in the Christie garden. Each person remembered is named on a gold leaf.

"Spud's" leaf is very near to that of Foo Foo Lamar (a famous Manchester drag act). "Spud" will be having a little chuckle at that.

Event Details

Event URN:

361051

Start Date:

Sun, 24th May 2015

Event Type:

Cycle Sportive (Non-Competitive)

Venue:

Woodford Community Centre, Chester Road, Woodford, Stockport, Cheshire, SK7 1PS

View map

Cheques payable to:

enter online at British Cycling

Entry close date

Thu, 14th May 2015

Event promoted by:

Wills Wheels Cycling Club

Event Website:

Visit Website

British Cycling Grading:

This event has been graded using data collected by British Cycling Mapping

About the Event

This event has been cancelled

Info for Riders

THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED. CONTACT THE EVENT ORGANISER FOR FURTHER INFORMATION,

The Rides

5
Long Route Ride
Date Start Distance BCG Est. Field Size
Sun 24/05/15 08:00 160km / 99 miles 509 ---
Entry: On Day: (£30.00)
Sun 24/05/15 – 08:00
5
British Cycling Grading: 509
160km / 99 miles
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Short Route Ride
Date Start Distance BCG Est. Field Size
Sun 24/05/15 08:00 96km / 60 miles 187 ---
Entry: On Day: (£30.00)
Sun 24/05/15 – 08:00
3
British Cycling Grading: 187
96km / 60 miles

Event Summary

This event has been cancelled

Event Overview

A memorial to the late George "Spud" Riley

The origins of the Spud lie with long time organiser, Dave Riley, brother of Spud, member of Manchester Velo CRC for 60 years and Club President. A bike rider, racer and local legend, Dave, with other like minded men, conceived the early rides after being inspired by trips to France and participation in the world famous L'Etape du Tour. It was the right time to start something along the same lines.

The first ride (The Hot 100) in 2002 involved the Handforth Veterans group and covered 100 miles through the Peak District. The route was made up of tough climbs and areas that are well known to local riders. Joining them all together for a 100 mile trek created something of a challenge to even the most accomplished of riders.

The event has grown year on year. Manchester Velo members have helped with entry and registration whilst the well sign posted route with marshals and feed zones has been consistently enhanced and improved by enthusiastic Velo members.

The events have provided funds that have been donated to Christies Hospital for valuable cancer research.

A Change of Organisation

Dave Riley has been a hugely successful organiser of the Spud Riley and other events in the area. After 11 years behind the director's desk, Dave handed over the reigns in 2012 to Will's Wheels CC for future events organisation.

Will's Wheels CC has a 10 year history and an established, healthy membership of around 80 riders including both of George Riley's daughters, Terrie and Danielle. Will Wright, the namesake of the club and originally a member of Manchester Velo CRC has been involved with cycling in the South Manchester area since being a child. He was one of many young riders whom George Riley gave up his time to help, taking them to races and making sure they were well looked after.

The Christie Memorial

The Polkadot ChallengeTM - "Spud" Riley Memorial Gran Fondo rides have now contributed £85,000 to “The Christie", thanks to the hard work put into the organisation by Dave Riley and Pete Lickfold, with the help and support of Manchester Velo members, friends and associates. Looking to the future Wills Wheels will continue to contribute to the Christie with the support of new and regular participants in this challenging yet rewarding event.

In March 2009, Dave and Marcele Riley attended the opening of a memorial at the hospital. A gold coloured metal tree has been built onto the wall in the Christie garden. Each person remembered is named on a gold leaf.

"Spud's" leaf is very near to that of Foo Foo Lamar (a famous Manchester drag act). "Spud" will be having a little chuckle at that.

Event Details

Event URN:

361051

Start Date:

Sun, 24th May 2015

Event Type:

Cycle Sportive (Non-Competitive)

Venue:

Woodford Community Centre, Chester Road, Woodford, Stockport, Cheshire, SK7 1PS

View map

Cheques payable to:

enter online at British Cycling

Entry close date

Thu, 14th May 2015

Event promoted by:

Wills Wheels Cycling Club

Event Website:

Visit Website

British Cycling Grading:

This event has been graded using data collected by British Cycling Mapping

About the Event

This event has been cancelled

Info for Riders

THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED. CONTACT THE EVENT ORGANISER FOR FURTHER INFORMATION,

The Rides

5
Long Route Ride
Date Start Distance BCG Est. Field Size
Sun 24/05/15 08:00 160km / 99 miles 509 ---
Entry: On Day: (£30.00)
Sun 24/05/15 – 08:00
5
British Cycling Grading: 509
160km / 99 miles
3
Short Route Ride
Date Start Distance BCG Est. Field Size
Sun 24/05/15 08:00 96km / 60 miles 187 ---
Entry: On Day: (£30.00)
Sun 24/05/15 – 08:00
3
British Cycling Grading: 187
96km / 60 miles

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