The team behind Sheffield charity - RideforEric – have announced the date for their next ride – 19th May 2019. The charity was established after Eric Codling was killed by a drunk and reckless driver when out on a bike ride in November 2013. All funds raised for RideforEric are used to support safe and inclusive cycling events and projects as well as helping to fund bereavement support services. The announcement from the charity coincides with what would have been Eric’s 60th birthday.
Following this year’s ride which saw 200 participants taking part, RideforEric are able to donate £2,255.00 to HOPE charity. HOPE offers a meeting place through a peer support group for anyone who has been bereaved or who has witnessed a traumatic incident. Established for over a decade HOPE have lots of experience of supporting people through loss, irrespective of when that loss occurred.
Next year’s ride will follow the same format as this year’s which started at Forge Valley School saw the introduction of 3 new routes - 25k, 50K and 100K routes all starting from the school’s purpose built cycle track and heading down Loxley Road then on to Damflask Reservoir, Lady Bower and Hope Valley. Not satisfied with a 100k ride, the team from Racing tNt also launched the ‘Epic Eric’. They cycled 175k on the day, not something for the faint hearted but certainly a new challenge for all those cyclists out there looking for the next step up. As well as the rides, this year there was the opportunity for families and children to take part in a 5K ride around Forge Valley’s cycle track as well as a number of exciting family activities on the day including British Cycling Go Ride coaches, delivering sessions for novice riders and an up hill challenge supported by Giant.
Karen said “This year’s event was amazing. Considering we had changed venues and routes the feedback we have received from our riders and supporters has been tremendous. Launching the 2019 ride on Eric’s 60th birthday made me smile a lot; he would be thrilled but a bit embarrassed to know that his age was out there. We are planning an even bigger and better event next year!”