Spadger's Memorial Ride remembers Lewis Barry

Spadger's Memorial Ride remembers Lewis Barry

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Location: Garforth Academy, Lidgett Lane, Garforth, Leeds
Event: 13 October 2012

(closes 11pm on Wednesday 10 October) |

Following the entirely unexpectedly and tragic death of talented youth rider Lewis Barry, who died on 29 June 2010 from SADS (Sudden Arrhythmic Death Syndrome), an inaugural memorial ride was created by a number of his young friends aided by members of the British Cycling Talent Development Programme and in September 2010 nearly 200 riders crossed the Pennines from the National Cycling Centre in Manchester to Lewis' home town of Garforth.

Last year a massively successful 52 mile circuit based on Lewis' favourite training route was chosen for the ride.  It was hoped that this would attract newcomers as well as all his friends who took part in the initial event and so it was to prove.  Nearly 300 riders took part and many former champions and up and coming stars were involved.

Notable supporters of the ride include current Yorkshire star riders Dean and Russell Downing, Malcolm Elliot and Josh Edmondson to name but a few, along with a whole host of Lewis’ peers who are up and coming future stars such as Ollie Wood, Joe Moses, Jack Sadler, Jake Womersley, Chris Lawless and Jake Scott.

Participants will receive an exclusive commemorative wristband which this year is Yellow to mark Bradley Wiggins success in the Tour de France.

It was decided that the route should remain the same for future editions (with a minor alteration between Selby and Cawood) and so this year the course becomes a ‘Classic’ 2nd edition!  (There is also a shorter 34 mile option).

The ride will be slit into groups starting at 10:30 am with ‘easy’ riders and the final group at 11am for current racing cyclists.

Online entry remains open until 11pm on Wednesday 10 October but entries will be accepted on the day.  More details at