Over 1000 cyclists took to their saddles last weekend (Sunday 11
August) for the second Jurassic Classic cycling event organised by
Prostate Cancer UK, raising over £100,000 for the charity and
putting the Jurassic Classic firmly on the cycling map.
Riders of all abilities - aged from twelve to seventy and from
all over the country - gathered in East Devon to take part in
the 100 mile, 100km or 50km routes experiencing fantastic weather
and stunning scenery along the Jurassic coastline. The event was a
sell-out, with the number of riders taking part on the day
exceeding all expectations.
Topping up the tired cyclists were feed stations
run by dedicated volunteers. In Aylesbeare a group of local ladies
came together and filled the village hall with welcome cakes and
The ride finished at Exmouth Rugby Club where a range of
entertainments awaited participants and their supporters. From
bouncy castles and face painting to sports massage therapy and
mechanical support, there was something for all.
After receiving their medals, participants and their supporters
tucked into local fare, including Devonshire ice-cream and pasties.
A tent dressed with a Tea For Victory theme enabled people to
enjoy hot beverages and delicious cakes whilst supporting another
of Prostate Cancer UK's initiatives.
Broadcaster & businessman Mark Goodier, who took part in the
100km route, said: "I had a fantastic day. The ride was very
challenging but the spectacular scenery, well stocked feed stations
and amazing atmosphere kept me going. Having been greeted with a
medal at the finish line I then enjoyed a massage and pasty, which
"I lost my father-in-law to prostate cancer, so I know only too
well how important these cycling events are, as they draw attention
to and raise funds for a very important cause. Prostate Cancer UK
has done an excellent job creating this event and I'm certainly
planning to sign up again next year."
Andy Sallnow, Sporting Events Manager at Prostate Cancer UK,
said: "We are absolutely blown away by the triumph of this year's
Jurassic Classic. Over 1000 riders took part and supported Prostate
Cancer UK which is amazing. We'd like to thank all the cyclists,
volunteers and sponsors for their commitment in making the day such
a mega success."
"With over 40,000 men diagnosed with prostate cancer each year
in the UK and one man dying every hour, it is our aim to help more
men survive and enjoy a better quality of life. Participants raised
over 100,000 pounds to help us provide dedicated support and
information to men and their families affected by prostate cancer
and to fund vital research to help fight the disease."