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RIDE ON NELLY 2015

For the third year running the Tour de Test Valley cycle event in memory of Nelson Pratt was a great success. The morning mist lifted to a glorious sunny day and around 800 odd cyclists set off on routes of 25, 50 and 100 miles.

The food, as ever, was superb. Chocolate brownies featured on the routes, and cyclists were treated to a hot meal on their return. The youngest cyclist was 5 1/2 (his sister 7), and the oldest… well, advanced years. Tea was served in the CALM tent, hay bales lent their usual Glastonbury air to the day, and the evening saw a leisurely raffle, more food and music. The event was relaxed, friendly and fun. As a fundraiser and awareness-raiser for CALM, we couldn’t wish for a better event, which to date has raised over £100K for CALM.

We have to say a MASSIVE thank you to all the partners and sponsors that help make this event happen, with out them nothing would be possible, so a huge high five to: Vans Footwear, Knight Frank, Madison, Andy Cook Cycling, Vita Coco coconut water and Charge Bikes.  

Thanks too to the Pratt Family, the caterers, Ivan’s Coffee, Pimhill Farm for the muesli, Gary Harris Bike Mechanics, Sportive Photo, Results Base, the Army for running the bar, Dale Stiling for the awesome jersey design, Harry Lodge at Halo Sports, Olympic snowboarder Jenny Jones and all the amazing friends and volunteers who make the event happen. Without them nothing would be possible. Finally, Without our tireless volunteers we wouldn’t have a hope of pulling this event off. From the registration staff, to the feed station crews, the army guys for running the bar and music, Rod and guys on the farm, to all the people who helped bake food and hand out goodie bags and help staff the tents.

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Rhys & Kayleigh Cooke on their first ever 25 mile ride, and they raised over £100 – incredible!

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John, Sarah & Ben from the Army, and our finest bar staff!

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Jenny Jones and Ivan Bunyard from ‘Ivan’s Coffee’

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