This is Andy’s story – what’s yours?

In our last blog post, we heard from Ian (aka Syd!) and found out how he first got into arranging the Humber Bridge Sportive back in 2014. As we know, Ian wasn’t alone. Andy Cawley has been a ride organiser with Ian from the off and has brought a wealth of pedalled miles and experience to the ride. So what’s Andy’s story? Find out here:

I started cycling when I was 14 years old when a friend and classmate wanted a partner to cycle with. He was renovating his Dad’s old Viking bike that was rusting in the garage.

My chosen steed was an all steel Carlton Corsa – 10 speed, purchased from the small adds in the Hull Daily Mail.

Our first serious ride was to Bridlington and back. This went ok so the following day at school he offered Scarborough as a challenge. We completed this successfully the next weekend, so on Monday morning he had the bright idea of stretching ourselves a little more.

The next weekend we completed the 131 mile round trip to Whitby and back. I can’t remember why I didn’t give up on cycling after this ride, as to this day its one on the most gruelling rides I can recall!

A lot of miles have been pedalled in the forty years since. I have been a member of the Hull Thursday Road Club all that time.

I started competing as a schoolboy in short races, time trials 5 and 10 miles and circuit races around West Park. At Senior level I rode time trials between 10 and 100 miles and Road Races including a number of 2,3 & 4 day stage races.

My serious racing ceased in the mid 80’s when I started working on offshore oil platforms as I couldn’t maintain the fitness required having 2 weeks away every month.

I wanted to put something back into the sport I had enjoyed so much and have been involved with organising events for over 20 years including the National Road Race and Circuit Race Championships. My main focus annually is the Beverley Town Centre Circuit races in July – part of British Cycling’s Elite Race series.

Ian approached me 3 years ago last September and asked if I could give him some pointers on organising a sportive ride for charity. In no time at all I found myself as joint organiser of the inaugural Humber Bridge Sportive. Now in our 4th year the event has gone from strength to strength and on course for achieving 750 participants this year!

I’ve had more satisfaction from organising the HB sportive than any other event I’ve been involved with.

Our aim is to keep the event simple and achievable by all who want to take part. The challenge is the distance you choose. We don’t go out of our way to include the toughest route we can find.

Seeing parents riding with young families is just great, likewise folk of all shapes and sizes riding all manner of cycles is inspiring. We have incorporated a 42 mile ride after popular demand to fill the gap between the shorter 22 mile and 62 mile events.

The other big plus is that all proceeds go to a worthwhile charity.

So what are you waiting for? Whether you are new to cycling or returning after a time off or want a ride out with the family get entered now – it’s going to be a sell-out.

Thanks to The Humber Bridge Board for allowing us to use their bridge and to Brooklands Estates for hosting us and to all the corporate supporters.

See you all in June.