Hen Party leads the way at Ladies Only Sportive

Rachel Beringer's Hen Party at the Ladies Only Sportive.

Rachel Beringer's Hen Party at the Ladies Only Sportive.

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Almost 120 riders took part in Sunday’s 2nd Ladies Only Sportive in Derry city, jointly organised by Foyle Cycling Club and the Foyle Hospice.

Clubs from all across Ulster were represented, while the girls of Derry turned out in large numbers to ride in both the 20-mile and 50-mile routes.

Rachel Beringer's hen party and its novel celebration.

Rachel Beringer's hen party and its novel celebration.

The sportive also attracted a hen party from Causeway Cycling Club, as Rachel Beringer’s cycling adding a novel twist to her weekend away!

Evelyn Donelly, Sportive Coordinator and co-owner of Derry’s Iyengar Yoga Centre, said the event was a great success: “We increased our participation by almost 30% on last year’s numbers, and that was despite the weather warnings for strong winds and rain.

“The Foyle Hospice is a great cause to support, and we now hope to build on this year’s sportive for next year. Our aim is to have 250 people participating.”

The route took riders out of Derry along the River Foyle into Donegal, through the villages of Carrigans, St Johnston and Raphoe.

For the shorter distance, the local dedicated greenway and off-road paths were used. Anyone wanting to donate to the Foyle Hospice should log on to www.foylehospice.com.