"We counted them all out and we counted them all back in!"
Those were the words of a BBC reporter describing a raid during the Falklands conflict in 1982 but it is equally apt in 2015 as all the riders got back safely once again. Yet another successful ride, the third year running has seen many thousands of pounds raised for the three charities chosen this year as official recipients of the fundraising.
Over the next few days, many photos will be uploaded on to the site. Enjoy looking at them; they are a wonderful pictorial record of what has once more, been a brilliant event.
NEWS UPDATE - THE COUNTDOWN BEGINS
Things have certainly gathered pace now! With 103 cyclists coming to the end of a hard winters training, the recent sunshine has given everyone a boost. The clocks changing gives us extra hours of sun to ride in and with only two weeks to go, we all know that every mile of training counts!
We’ll be leaving Huish Park on Wednesday 28th April and making our way to St Pancras station to catch the Eurostar to Paris. Two days cycling and an overnight ferry back will leave us with around 120 miles of riding before meeting up with our friends, families and supporters for a day of fundraising.
We’ve been really fortunate in that Yeovil Town FC have completely embraced our cause. The chairman and his team have very kindly given us full use of Huish Park to put on, not only a big welcome home, but the opportunity to bring the spirit of "Get Pedalling" to those that haven’t been able to join us on the ride.
Sunday 3rd May will be a Charity Day with football, live music, children’s entertainment and a beer festival. There is no entry cost, just buckets for people to pay what they feel. The day will round off with a charity auction following a celebrity football match between a Tom White XI and a Terry Cotton’s Legends XI. You are guaranteed to see some of your heroes from yesteryear and may even manage to sneak in a pint with them at the bar of the beer festival! Events begin at 11am with three public football matches – an opportunity for you to grace the Huish Park surface with your friends. Details are available by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
There will then be three youth football games prior to the cyclists returning at 2pm. At 3.15pm there will be an exhibition match from Yeovil Town Ladies FC prior to the main event kicking off at 4pm.
Hog Roast, Burger Van and refreshments will all be available so come along and join the celebrations.
We’d love to see as many people there as possible to round off the end of the YTFC Get Pedalling story.
CYCLISTS MEETING - THURSDAY 12th MARCH, 7pm AT HUISH PARK
There will be a meeting on Thursday March 12th at 7.00pm, to be held at Huish Park.
At this meeting, you will be given your "welcome pack" (full of information) along with your event shirt, your tricolour shirt (if you ordered one), your hoodie (again, if you ordered one) and a goodie bag kindly supplied by our friends at Silverline Tools. There will be an opportunity to order more hoodies if you would like to.
You will also have the first chance to see the route to be taken from Paris to Yeovil as well as further information on our quiz night, training rides and an ideal opportunity to meet your fellow riders.
We will also be collecting the final payments from everyone who has signed up for the event. Please bring either cash or a cheque to cover any outstanding balance payments.
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Wednesday 29th April - Sunday 3rd May 2015
The YTFC Get Pedalling charity cycle ride is back again ... and it's bigger and better than ever before!
Following last year's hugely successful event, organisation is well under way for the 2015 event which begins on April 29th, 2015 in the French town of Herblay and will end five days, and 386km later, at Huish Park.
Last year's event was a huge success...
At shortly after 10.15am on Saturday 3rd May, 2014 , the group of cyclists rode into Yeovil Town's Huish Park Stadium.
Four days and 334 miles earlier, sixty four men and women had set out from Middlesbrough's Riverside Stadium to ride back to the Glovers' home ground and we're delighted to say that all 64 made it. There was aches and sprains, tears and pain amongst most of the riders but this was dwarfed by the enormous sense of achievement felt by everyone who completed the immense challenge.
Many congratulations to all 64 of you and all three of the ride's charities will now benefit from a sizeable donation each. Many thanks on behalf of all the riders to everyone who sponsored, supported and helped the magic 64 to achieve their goal.