Drighlington Bicycle Club celebrates milestone with awards bash

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Cycling enthusiasts celebrated their club’s 90th anniversary with a special awards ceremony and dinner.

More than 90 people wheeled into the Manor Golf Club to mark Drighlington Bicycle Club’s milestone.

A number of awards were presented including the fastest woman, men’s and women’s 25 and 10-mile time trial, hill climb and most Sunday rides.

Club secretary Mark Wooley said: “The evening’s proceedings went like magic, organised with military precision thanks to Dave Todd and his team of helpers.

“There was a superb three course meal, served by the excellent Manor staff.”

There was an auction of items which featured a unicycle and a pair of Tour de Yorkshire tickets and a raffle with prizes donated by local businesses.

The raffle and auction raised £500 in total.

Mr Wooley added: “The club would like to thank the following local businesses for their support in providing prizes: the Manor Golf Club, Kings Cantonese restaurant, Prashad Indian restaurant, Romano’s pizza restaurant, the Trawler Fish Bar, Strands hair salon and the Brown family.”

Sport journalist Chris Sidwells was the club’s guest of honour at the event.

Gary Rhodes won first place in the 25-mile time trial and the 10-mile time trial categories.

Tracey Rhodes won first place for the women’s 10-mile time trial. Chris Danby won first place in the 25-mile time trial event with Ian Mortimer coming second-placed.

In the hill climb event, Duncan Gell won first place and Tomas Parzyk came second. Sarah Todd picked up the award for the fastest female rider. Mick Phillips won an award for the most Sunday rides.

The club was formed in 1925 and it currently has more than 50 active members. It organises a number of its own cycling events for its riders every year.