March 18, 2009
Despite a howling gale and grey skies, a couple of hundred riders took over Langcliffe village green on Saturday in memory of Ben Ineson and Tom Rodgers who died in a car crash a month ago (full story here). After a few words from the organisers, there was a message from Steve Peat, who couldn’t attend but who sent his best wishes to the riders there, followed by some words from Ben, Tom’s brother.
There then followed ‘two minutes of noise’ – possibly the most deafening event to have ever taken place on the village green, before the riders – old and young, fit and less-so, took off on to ride the famed ‘Settle Loop’ over the hills and eventually, many windy miles later, down into Settle.
The evening featured a party with local bands and a charity raffle and auction, with prizes donated by Orange, Hope, Fox, MBUK, Peaty and more. The auction raised over £1000 for the newly set up Ben and Tom Memorial Fund which aims to provide help for young racers wishing to race abroad in the same way that the Jason McRoy Foundation still does.