Wow, what a day! With no less than one hundred and thirty eight participants, this year’s Treasure Hunt was beyond everyone’s expectations and the helpers finished the day tired but happy, with everyone enjoying themselves.
Event manager and Stokes Cycling Club Chairman, Bryan Huish, said “This was a great event, with lots more people than we expected, and everybody ticked the box on the feedback form for “it was a lot of fun” so it was all worth it. We’d like to thank everyone for making this day a success, and BikeFix Bradley Stoke for the prizes and the Dr Bike.”
There was a constant stream of people queuing to register, pick up the freebies kindly supplied by South Gloucestershire Council, and to get their bikes checked by BikeFix Bradley Stoke mechanic Richard Burton, ably supported by club members.
Officially starting at 10:00, people started arriving at 09:30 before setting up was finished, but they were welcomed with open arms and signed in, given route sheets and clues, and wished good luck – which must have worked as most of them completed the course! The club designed the route to be family friendly for even the teeniest of cyclists, with a two part figure of eight course. The first section was short, only two miles, flat and mostly off road, whilst the second section was slightly longer at three miles and not quite so flat. The clues were mostly easy-peasy, with the odd cunningly contrived one to separate the men from the boys, so most people got most of them. Some people got so involved that they went back several times to check for clues that they’d missed, but most just had a good bike ride on local paths and had fun trying to spot clues on the way.
What a great event!