Riding the Big Wheel

Wiltshire Big Wheel

Joanne and her children pose by the Wiltshire Air Ambulance tent

The Consortium‘s Joanne Kent and her family proved they were ready for the challenge when they took part in the Wiltshire Big Wheel recently.

Centred around Devizes, the event offered 3 options for the cyclists taking part: 100 miles around most of Wiltshire, a gentler 45 mile route, or 12 miles around the Vale of Pewsey aimed at families. It meant cyclists of all abilities could take part whilst experiencing  some of the best countryside Wiltshire has to offer.

Joanne’s husband tackled the 100 miler, whilst she and her children opted for the family route. Joanne takes up the story…

“We set off from Devizes in perfect weather – ready for the challenge!  I cycled with friend Jane and my son, Lewis (7) whilst my two older children (Grace and Rose aged 12) sped ahead with their friends.

Despite the long, steep hill coming out of Devizes which started the wails of, ’I can’t do it, it’s too hard’, Lewis battled on with sheer determination chanting ‘saving lives’ as motivational reminder on why he was cycling!

The ride took us through stunning countryside on a beautiful September morning. We enjoyed the views of 2 white horses and stopped at a pretty village pub for some well-earned treats.

Poignantly as we headed for the finish line, the air ambulance flew over us – reminding us again who we were cycling for.  A couple of hours later, we were joined by my husband who crossed the finish line with a huge grin on his face, triumphant – after completing a whopping 100 miles!

We hope to raise £450 – £500 – fingers crossed.”

A fantastic effort from everyone Joanne!

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