XO FIRST LONG RIDE: THE RECAP
Sunday 22nd November 2015 was a monumental day for XO, marking the club's first hosting of a sporting event. XO partnered with Knights Fitness Riders to organise this fun ride. The route selected took participants from the Queen's Park Oval to Mayaro, a total of about 95 kilometres (59 miles).
So at 6:20 am after being treated to a box of Post Great Grains cereal and Dannon yogurt, the group comprising of just over fifty cyclists (hailing mostly from five clubs: XO Multi-Sport Club, Knights FR, Jumbies Multi-Sport Club, Central Spokes Cycling Club and Alternites), ten support vehicles and two police outriders departed from the Queen's Park Oval.
The journey took the cyclists through the heart of Port-of-Spain along the Churchill- Roosevelt highway to Valencia, then onto the rolling hills from Sangre Grande to the scenic and peaceful Manzanilla stretch. The ride ended at Church Street in Mayaro where a delicious curry meal awaited the group.
Not only was this a sporting event, it was also an opportunity to give back to some of the needy families in Mayaro. The Prime Minister Golf Charity Classic graciously donated five hampers, and the ride participants also made donations of food, clothing and toys. A presentation was made in Mayaro to Ms. Deena Ali, who is responsible for distributing the goods.
This event - hopefully a precursor to many more - was truly a success, and one that would not have been possible without the kind assistance from the following people and companies:
- Brydens - Dannon yogurt, Great Grains
- Colin Murray - Carib Radler
- Sheldon Cockburn - President Knights FR
- Dave Mitchell
- Azad Ali and Akbar Ali
- Natalie Drysdale
- Prime Minister Golf Charity Classic
- All the supporters
- ALL the riders
Thanks to all for your support, XO seriously considering making this an annual event. So stay tuned!