CYCLING feat: Fiona Pollitt, Sean Caldwell and Daryl Pollitt from Glossop’s Kinder Velo Cycle Club went on a cycling tour to Costa Rica.
FITNESS and skills gained on the muddy bridleways of Glossop helped prepare cyclists for extreme conditions on a mountain biking jaunt to Central America.
En-route they saw exotic wildlife such as humming birds, monkeys, toucans and crocodiles – wildlife not normally glimpsed on their trips around the Peak District and Cheshire!
Members of Glossop Kinder Velo cycled 300 miles in two weeks from San Jose, the capital of Costa Rica, westwards to the Pacific coast. They tackled dizzy climbs on the slopes of smoking volcanoes, steaming rainforests, knee-deep rivers, deserted dusty highways and pot-holed roads.
Tour leader Daryl Pollitt, of Pikes Lane, Glossop said: “The tour was a fantastic success with everyone enjoying the fabulous scenery, hot climate and hospitable people – almost as good as Glossop in fact!
“It wasn’t without a few hiccups of course; the worst was when we found that the river had washed a section of road away during the rainy season. We picked our way through the forest and found the road again.”
The club organises social rides every Sunday, usually starting from Glossop railway station.
Member Sean Caldwell said: “Our club is not just purely for racers, we believe cycling should be enjoyable too. There’s been more interest in cycling in recent years, for health and environmental reasons.”
The Costa Rican tour was put together by Daryl and Fiona Pollitt and run through the Cyclists’ Touring Club.
(Link to original Glossop Advertiser press article)