It is with a huge sense of disappointment and regret we have taken the very difficult decision to cancel the Tommy Godwin Challenge this Sunday. As you will appreciate this is not a decision that we have taken lightly but the safety of our riders, marshals, volunteers and supporters has to come first.
The Met Office have issued a Yellow Weather Warning for the Warwickshire area throughout Sunday with risk of very high winds and heavy rain likely during the peak hours of the ride from 10 am to 2 pm. We have taken advice from a number of weather forecast sources including a detailed specific forecast from the Met Office for the Tommy Godwin route. In summary, the forecast which we are told is unlikely to alter significantly is indicating the following:
We have taken the decision now to avoid participants and volunteers travelling to Solihull only to be disappointed with a later cancellation and to enable us to inform everyone of our decision. We are so disappointed and know that you will share that disappointment with us.
We are hoping to reschedule the Tommy Godwin Challenge to Spring next year and will transfer your entry to the rescheduled date. If you do not want your entry transferred, you can donate your entry fee to Marie Curie or request a refund via Rider HQ. Any additional donations made via the entry system will be delivered to Marie Curie in full.
We will let everyone know the new date as soon as we can. On behalf of all the volunteers who give their time freely to organise this great event we would like to thank you for your continuing support and your patience.
The Tommy Godwin Challenge sportive was set up in 2013 to honour the memory of 1948 Olympic cycling medallist Tommy Godwin. All profits go to fund the West Midlands Marie Curie Hospice in Solihull where Tommy spent his last few days. So far we have raised over £60,000.
There are three routes, 30, 73 and 100km. The 30km ride is for families and the less experienced cyclists. The more challenging 100km sportive route and the intermediate 73km sportive route both have a refreshment stop and timing. The well-signed routes wend their way through the Warwickshire lanes, with the 100km sportive making a brief foray into Worcestershire via Feckenham. There are a couple of fords en route for the adventurous, but don't worry there are alternative paths! With only a couple of climbs, it's the ideal end of season event both for the experienced rider and those looking for their first sportive after a summer of training.
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All profits go to a worthwhile local cause that you can see on the day
"Having participated in quite a few sportives, the facilities, directions, route and helpfulness of all the volunteers involved, were a joy! I shall be returning next year."