68 competitors all enjoyed a sunny day cycling around the Staffordshire Moorlands at the 50 Mile Hill Billy Challenge Ride.
After setting off at 08:30am the faster cyclists descended swiftly from the top of the infamous Gunn Hill arriving at the Meer brook village Hall Feed Station at 10:15am.
Slowly but surely rider after rider arrived looking a little worse for wear, but smiling never the less, relaying story's of how beautiful the scenery was from the top of the Dumbers and how difficult a climb it was, some riders preferred to walk others leaned over their handlebars and grit their teeth giving it their all.
Available at the Feed Station was energy gels, tea, coffee and biscuits. Riders had chance to sit down and enjoy the sun whilst having a chat and also using the village hall facilities that were available. The riders all got back to the HQ Fire Station and awaiting them was a wide choice of refreshments and for those with aching muscles a massage service was available on demand.
The feedback received from the majority of riders was excellent and many asked if we would be running this event for a 3rd year! You can bet your life we will. Up The Hill Billy 2013.
British Cycling would like to thank the organising team, officials and everyone else who helped promote this event. Our sport could not exist without the hundreds of people, many of them unpaid volunteers, who put in many hours of hard work running events, activities and clubs.