How it happened

Hannah is my sporty daughter and the inspiration for me in creating the Debdencycle. In 2013 we cycled 350 miles from Debden to Cornwall, camping along the way. Hannah had turned 13 that March and neither of us had ever tackled such a task. That year we were raising money for a couple of causes, one being the 33/101 Injured Soldiers Fund. Upon our return from Cornwall we arranged a local 35 mile ride for us and some friends. At the end of the ride they said “Lovely ride, fabulous lanes,,, we’ll definitely come along next year” and that is how the annual Debdencycle was born. In 2014 I advertised the ride a little wider and I was a little startled when 80/90 riders took part. For 2015 we tried to make the ride a more professional affair registration with British Cycling, insurance cover, marshals, first aid cover, tea, coffee and toilets at the start/finish. Registration online to avoid cheques in the post and lots more. The ride was a huge success with 170 riders taking part. Hannah and I rode back to Cornwall during the summer of 2015,,,, just for fun! She does her best to keep her poor old Dad fit bless her.